Gustave Moreau 1826-1898, Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1864.
- 100% Silk
- Designed and Printed in Britain
- 90cm x 5cm
One of our favourites in the collection, this silk scarf features the wonderful Oedipus and the Sphinx by Gustave Moreau, a painting which he made his mark with at the Salon of 1864. It shows a representation of the classical image of the Greek hero Oedipus confronting the Sphinx outside Thebes. In this instance he must solve her riddle to save his life and those of the besieged Thebans. The mythological theme and archaizing style reflect an admiration for Ingres's 1808 version of the same topic as well as the work of the early Renaissance painter Andrea Mantegna. Moreau, in this instance, diverged from the Realist sensibilities that were shaping French art in the 1860s.