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"Oedipus and the Sphinx", Oil by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898, France)
One of the surprises of the 1864 Salon was the sensational debut of Gustave Moreau, who leapt to immediate fame and from then on attracted many loyal admirers. Oedipus and the Sphinx was bought by Prince Napoleon, a noted collector and admirer. It is currently housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.