Set of Three Magnets Picturing Classic Oedipus and Sphinx Paintings

Set of three magnets picturing Oedipus and Sphinx
Gustave Moreau Oedipus and Sphinx Painting 1888 Francois Fabre Oedipus and Sphinx Painting c. 1807 Jean Ingress Oedipus and Sphinx Painting 1825 At checkout specify separate poly bagging to keep some and gift some.
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Paintings of the contest between Oedipus and the Sphinx who cursed Thebes represent a slice of Sophocles 429BC play of Oedipus Rex.  Encountering the Sphinx on route to Thebes, Oedipus responds to her riddle:

"What creature goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening?"

with the correct answer:

"Man, who crawls on all four as an infant, walks upright on two feet as an adult and walks with the aid of a third leg, a cane, as an old person."

The Sphinx is so angry that she throws herself onto the rocks and dies amidst the bones of her past victims, Oedipus escapes being eaten and goes on to experience new adventures. 

The paintings pictured on the magnets are the work of three different French artists:

  • Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres (1780-1867).
    This the 2nd version he did of this work.   The first was done when he was a student, in 1808.  In 1825 he enlarged it and changed some of the composition.  Ingress produced a third version in 1864.

     
  • Francois Xavier Fabre (1766-1837)
     
  • Gustave Moreau (1826-1898).  This is the 2nd of two Moreau Oedipus paintings.
 

 

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