Aaron Douglas

The Prodigal Son, 1927

The Prodigal Son by Aaron Douglas This painting is inspired by a poem of the same name. Douglas moves away from spirituality and is worldly. This person is not surrounded by holy light and is under the glow from hanging spotlight in a club. In this painting, his silhouettes represent disgraceful characters and the ending of morals. There are representations of modern indulgence such as money, a playing card, dice, and a gin bottle.