Artisr: Paul Gauguin Signed in Plate Title Nevermore Providence Tate Gallery London Publisher Printed by Edmund Evans; Courtesy Home House Trustee Size: 22 5/8 x 17 1/2 Condition : all four corners have creases. 1/2 non visable blemish on image Nevermore is considered one of Londons top ten painting. However at first it was not well received. Below is an brief analysis of the work of art. Edgar Allan Poe's famous 1845 poem The Raven was a key source for the story of Gauguin's Nevermore, and as such is referenced in the title. In the poem itself, according to art historian Dario Gamboni, the continual use of the refrain "nevermore" is an expression of sadness meant to produce poetical beauty. Similar to Gauguin as an artist, Poe's works are centered on subjects of beauty, melancholy, past lovers, longing, and efforts to communicate with the dead. Gauguin could be commemorating the actual physical death of a lover, or referencing the symbolic death of an affair. Gauguin may also be simply paying homage to Poe (though correspondence would suggest against that) or lamenting the ephemeral nature of love, erotic pleasure and beauty. With Nevermore, the encounter with the erotic and the exotic creates an entirely new context for Poe's grievous reflection on lost love. At the time he created this work Gauguin was very stressed. In 1895 he left Europe for Tahiti for the final time. Upon his arrival he did not find any internal peace but poor health (the effects of syphilis), which stripped him of his savings. In April 1897 he learnt of the death of his daughter Aline, to whom he was deeply attached. She was only 20 and died from pneumonia on the way home from a ball. This period of despair corresponded with a prodigious creative output, for during this time he painted, sculpted and wrote a great deal, including Nevermore. Could the raven been signaling the death of his daughter Aline? Gauguin's intent with Nevermore is to lead the viewer away from the world of reality. Gauguin was looking to coax the viewer into giving way to the artwork's sensuality in the same way one does listening to music. He wanted to portray the Tahiti and women as he saw them, not necessarily a photo-like representation, but as possessing something mysterious and penetrating. Nevermore reflects Gauguin's constant search for answers to his spiritual needs, and represents Gauguin's reasons for being an artist. This work holds up a mirror to the all important chapter of his life in Tahiti. "Nevermore." Artble. N.p., 14 Dec. 2015. Web. 19 Dec. 2016.