It is difficult to divide Grant Wood's paintings into neat categories. Many of the portraits and satires include landscapes; the landscapes, I will argue, can be viewed as gently ironic. The line of irony stretches from pointed satire--as in Daughters of Revolution--to the mild lampoon of Victorian Survival. A few of the portraits, notably Woman with Plants and Arnold Comes of Age, seem utterly serious in their intent to honor the person, or perhaps the type, being painted. Thus, there is a great deal of conversation between these categories; the paintings speak most fully when considered as parts of a whole.