This painting celebrates the good old fashion labor in western America. The artist intended to show that the beauty of America lies in its hard work and not in its material items. the reason its called American Gothic is because in the background the house has an architectural style. The two people in the painting are suppose to be father and daughter, but in reality are not even related . The man happens to be the artist's dentist and the woman is his sister. This painting is one of the most familiar paintings in the 20th century.