Silvestras Džiaukštas, a student of painter Antanas Gudaitis, was born and raised on a single-family farmstead in Mikalavas, so his childhood memories are mostly associated with nature and the slow rhythm of village life. In his work, Gudaitis sought to express the sense of powerful, even pagan unity between man and nature which he developed in his childhood.
Džiaukštas’ portrayals of herding and night hunts reveal the strong emotional relationship between man and horse. Džiaukštas painted horses his entire life, from his first studies at the Vilnius Art Institute until his later creative period. The painting Night depicts a woman leading a horse in the twilight. The work portrays the pain experienced by villagers after they were forced to surrender their beloved animals to the pens of newly established collective farms.