Night (Two Stags Battling by Moonlight)
Two Stags Battling By Moonlight
Pendant to "Morning", Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1986-26-283
Sir Edwin Landseer, English, 1802 - 1873
After 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.