Gauguin's Nevermore wins accolade of most romantic artwork in Art Fund poll

  • 15 February 2010

Gauguin's Nevermore has been voted by members of the public as the most romantic artwork.

Nevermore, which is on display at The Courtauld Gallery, was chosen by artist and broadcaster Matthew Collings, and was selected from a list of five works chosen by well known public figures.

The other selected artworks were Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne, selected by writer and broadcaster Andrew Graham-Dixon; Jan Van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait, chosen by artist Grayson Perry; Nicolas Poussin’s Rinaldo and Armida, chosen by writer, critic and professor of literature at University of Essex, Marina Warner; and Peploe’s Roses, chosen by presenter and Art Fund Prize chair of the judges, Kirsty Young.

Dr Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery, said: "I am delighted that so many people voted for The Courtauld's masterpiece. I think people are drawn to this painting because it is so rich in its possibilities and it is not as straightforward as it might initially seem, with the raven and the figures in the background bringing a sense of mystery."

Art Fund Director Dr Stephen Deuchar commented: "We're delighted that our Valentine's poll captured the attention of so many people, celebrating the wealth of beautiful art on offer to the public in the UK. Results were close, but we congratulate the Courtauld Gallery that Gauguin's beautifully rich, evocative painting has been selected by the public as the work that best captures the spirit of romance."

Please visit www.artfund.org/romantic to view the results.