This portrait of Langston Hughes, painted by Winold Reiss who devoted most of his life towards painting a broader cross-section of the ethnic diverse in America. A uniquely gifted artist, who came to fame with his portraits of the New Negros in Harlem. The subject matter is simple: a portrait of a young Hughes, in deep contemplation with his work. As for formal elements, color and texture are paramount. What I find most interesting, is the mural on the wall, note the urban setting of high-rises in the distance, accompanied by musical notes just floating, and steps represented by piano keys. What a brilliant representation of the times. No depiction of the Harlem Renaissance would be complete without Langston Hughes, one of the most important writers and thinkers of the time. Through his writings, he promoted and celebrated black life and culture, equality and condemned racism and injustice from the black perspective. It's worth noting, that Reiss was a German immigrant who found friendship and inclusion in Harlem.