Oedipus and the Sphinx (Moreau)  

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Oedipus and the Sphinx

Gustave Moreau's Oedipus and the Sphinx[1], one of his first symbolist paintings, was exhibited at the Salon of 1864.

Moreau's interpretation of the Greek myth is inspired by Ingres' Oedipus and the Sphinx of 1808. Both painters chose to represent the moment when Oepidus confronted the winged monster in a rocky pass outside the city of Thebes. Unlike her other victims, Oedipus could answer her riddle and save himself and the Thebans. The painting won a medal at the Salon of 1864.

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