Smugglers on the West Coast by Josef Wilhelm Wallander in 1855.
It is night on Sweden's west coast in the middle of the 1800th century and the full moon is high in the dark and cloudy sky. Ten men smuggle barrels of unknown contents up from their rowboats. Further out to sea you can see their anchored ships.
The painting was part of Pictures from Swedish folk life with text by JA Berg:
"It is a horrible sight to see in the cold, dark autumn or winter night the figures of the smugglers fighting against the surging waves. peace seems undisturbed lord, but if you listen carefully, the horrible panting, the mumbled oaths, the hoarse contemptuous laughter testify, however, that there is neither peace in nature nor in the human heart ... "
Artist: Josef Wilhelm Wallander | Publisher: Uppsala University Library | Created: 1855 | Copyright: CC-PDM.
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