Grant Wood (American, 1891-1942): Sultry Night, 1939. Lithograph on wove paper. Edition of 100.
“In 1937, (Wood) produced for sale by mail a lithograph, Sultry Night, that showed a handsome, full frontal nude man beside an outdoor bathtub pouring a bucket of water in a slow cascade over his head. Declaring the work to be an example of pornography, the censors at the U.S. Postal Service barred its publisher from distributing it or featuring the image in its catalogues (although not banning the many female nudes the publisher carried).” - Doug Ireland