In the poll, 678 people cast a vote, and the number of votes for each painting follows each artist's name.
Above: Jules Joseph Lefebvre. 74 votes
If you’re not familiar with Ophelia, she is the tragic young noblewoman in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Her story has it all: beauty, insanity, death—and flowers!
Above: Alexandre Cabanel. 8
Heartbroken by Hamlet’s apparent madness and rejection of her, she gathers wildflowers, climbs a willow, which slants over the river, and falls into the water, where she drowns.
Above: Arthur Hughes 45
She’s generally shown in 19th century paintings with mussed-up hair, a white dress, a garland of flowers, and a wild look in her eyes.
Above: John Everett Millais. 282
John William Waterhouse was fascinated by Ophelia. He did three versions:
Here’s John William Waterhouse (1) 30 votes
John William Waterhouse (2) 56 votes
John William Waterhouse (3) 44 votes
Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret 21 votes
W. G. Simmonds 13 votes
Antoine-Auguste-Ernest-Hébert 35 votes
Paul Steck 57 votes
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Wikipedia on Ophelia
Against the Modern: Dagnan-Bouveret and the Transformation of the Academic Tradition
Sir John Everett Millais (Pre-Raphaelite Painters Series)