Coastal Area with Ships Off Kronborg Castle
Johan Neumann (b. 1860 - d. 1940)
Seen in the distance, Kronberg Castle is Denmark's most historic castle and the setting for WIlliam Shapkespeare's play Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Sitting at the narrowest point of the Øresund, the sound between present Denmark and Sweden, the castle patrolled the sea traffic between the Baltic Sea, into the North Sea and the Atlantic. When Kronborg was originally built, Denmark controlled both sides of the Øresund, ceding the east side to Sweden in 1658.
Here, Neumann uses a gray pallet to once again show the varying tones of the overcast skies and rough seas provide. The rough sea and gloomy skies give a chilling feel and challenge the sailing boats as the pass through the strait.