European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Night (Two Stags Battling by Moonlight)
Pendant to "Morning", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986-26-283Made in England, Europe
Sir Edwin Landseer, English, 1802 - 1873
Oil on canvas
1986-26-282The Henry P. McIlhenny Collection in memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, 1986
LabelAfter a severe nervous breakdown in 1840, Edwin Landseer was determined to avoid the pressures of continuous commissions and paint entirely for himself. Allowing his imagination free range, he repeatedly depicted the heroic stag, noble but inevitably doomed, a symbol of the tragic forces of nature. Night records a nocturnal battle between two stags.
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