Sir Edwin Landseer


Night (Two Stags Battling by Moonlight), by 1853

About the Artwork

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.

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