I guess this part of America’s history is well-known by most people as it has been portrayed in a great number of movies (The Untouchables, Al Capone, etc) and tv-series, recently in the award-winning HBO-show Boardwalk Empire (which is based on the real life of Enoch Lewis “Nucky” Johnson). The era known as the Prohibition started in 1920 when the 18th Amendment banned the sale, transportation and manufacture of alcohol in America, and it lasted until 1933 when it all came to an end with the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment, which repealed the Eighteenth Amendment.

During this period there was a huge market for illegal commodities (maybe it’s more appropriate to say that there still is a huge market for illegal commodities, but that what is legal/illegal has changed), which laid the foundation of what has been known as «gangsters». The most notorious, without a doubt, being Chicago’s Al Capone. Capone managed to bribe both the police and the important politicians of Chicago, fascinating story!

Anyway, enough with the history lesson: here’s an oil painting called «Gangster City» and it’s inspired by the stories of Al Capone, the prohibition era and the gangsters.

"Gangster City" Oil on wood. 51 x 32 cm (20.1 x 12.6 in)
“Gangster City” Oil on wood. 51 x 32 cm (20.1 x 12.6 in)