Front cover of TimeOut London from 14 October 2014

Last week The Courtauld Gallery was recognised as London’s top destination for paintings, with A Bar at the Folies-Bergère taking first place in a poll by leading art world figures.

This masterpiece from our collection made it through a tough nomination process, 600 artworks were initially selected by ‘top figures in the art world’ and a second vote narrowed the number of paintings to just 100.

Édouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1881-82

Édouard Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1881-82

It wasn’t just the top spot we claimed, Gauguin’s Nevermore was also selected in the top ten and placed seventh.

View of Nevermore by Paul Gauguin, painted in 1897

Paul Gauguin, Nevermore, 1897

TimeOut is also asking its readers to tell them their favourite, voting is open so why not take part?

This isn’t the first time this year that A Bar at The Folies Bergeres has reached the top spot, winning “most unforgettable face” in poll by the The Guardian.

It’s not hard to see why it is one of the art world’s best-loved works; this masterpiece helped define modern painting in the 19th century with its unorthodox composition of figures in space, and with the barmaid’s notorious look conveying mystery and melancholy to the viewer.

Painted between 1881 – 1882 and first exhibited in 1882at the annual fine arts exhibition in Paris, the Salon, this work was  bought by Samuel Courtauld in 1926 and it consequently became part of The Courtauld Gallery Collection when Samuel Courtauld bequeathed his collection to The Courtauld Institute of Art.

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