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Return of the Prodigal Son-Romare Bearden-Art Print

Return of the Prodigal SonBy Romare Bearden

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About This Piece
The Art
“Return of the Prodigal Son” by acclaimed African-American collage artist Romare Bearden emphasizes ritual, which he believed was vital to life. Part of a series, this artwork contains both traditional and modern interpretations of the Biblical story, from the New Testament Gospel of St. Luke. Bearden’s work, which was strongly influenced by jazz and the blues, parallels the improvisational form of both musical styles. This piece was inspired by the blues, and conveys the music’s values of hope and dignity. Bearden (1911 – 1988) strongly believed in the blues credo that hardships will eventually be overcome, and life will prevail.

This art print displays sharp, vivid images with a high degree of color accuracy. A member of the versatile family of art prints, this high-quality reproduction represents the best of both worlds: quality and affordability. Art prints are created on paper similar to that of a postcard or greeting card using a digital or offset lithography press.
Product ID: 10009405A
The Artist
Romare Bearden (1911 – 1988) was an exceptionally gifted African-American collage artist who strove to universalize the African-American experience in a signature style derived from Cubism. Growing up in Harlem, Bearden was strongly influenced by its thriving jazz scene, and his works exuberantly echo the music’s improvisational form. Bearden’s artwork expressed themes of ritual, music and family, and his broad talents included writing, songwriting, book illustration, theater design and humanitarianism. Bearden created an astounding 2,000 works in his lifetime, and is regarded as one of the preeminent African-American artists of the 20th century.
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