Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 6

"Come Muse Migrate," Art Deco Study for White House Piano, with Whitman Poem



Gorgeously conceived and vividly hued, this study for the lid of the famous grand piano given by the Steinway Company to the White House in 1938, during the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration, was painted by Dunbar Beck, inspired by a famous poem by Walt Whitman. The painting quotes two lines from Whitman's "Song of the Exposition," later included in "Leaves of Grass": Come Muse migrate from Greece and Ionia, For know a better, fresher, busier sphere, a wide, untried domain awaits, demands you. Beck is best known for his WPA work and his mural painting at the 1939-1940 New York World's fair, but his work with Steinway is equally important, artistically and historically. Beck painted a series of figures along the side of the piano, and generated a series of studies for the piano lid, including this one. The medium is gouache and pencil on heavy paper.


  • Creator
    Dunbar D. Beck (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)Width: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Depth: .1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865113181361

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More
About the Seller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2005
1stDibs seller since 2009
300 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 1 hour
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Hand-Painted for Brandon House Design Tapestry
Located in North Miami, FL
A fantastic hand-painted tapestry bu Chiaki for Brandon House Design, dated 1977. Fantastic subject and use of color in the vintage tapestry. Great scale and motion to this piece.

Vintage 1970s Decorative Art

Art Deco Image from 1960 B. Renkowski
Located in Kraków, Małopolska
Art deco image from 1960 B. Renkowski Highly recommended item will be perfect complementation of the rooms in not only Classic style, but also Art Deco and modern.    

Vintage 1950s Unknown Art Deco Paintings



Large-Scale Art Deco Nude Painting
Located in Atlanta, GA
Large-scale Art Deco nude painting, probably American, circa 1930s. We are unsure of the artist that painted this work. They came from the same estate as the Aimee Seyfort paintings ...

Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Paintings


Canvas, Wood

Large-Scale Art Deco Nude Painting
$1,250 Sale Price
30% Off
Art Deco Black and White Male Nude Painting by Emil Fiala Vienna, circa 1918
By Emil Fiala
Located in Vienna, AT
The painter Emil Fiala (8.9.1896 Prossnitz - Mähren Czech Republic - Dec. 1960 Vienna) studied at the Viennese Academy by Franz Rumpler, August Eisenmenger, Julius Schmid, Christian ...

Early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco Paintings

Olympia Signed Hilgers Painting 1930 Art Deco Nude
Located in Marseille, FR
Oil on canvas painting signed Hilgers bottom right. 1930s, depicting a young woman naked kind of Olympia in the Art Deco style.

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Paintings



French Art Deco Gold Lacquered Floral Wall Panel
By Pierre Bobot
Located in New York, NY
French Art Deco (1930s) large cream and gold lacquered painted stucco on wood wall panel depicting birds within a floral design. (signed: PIERRE BOBOT)

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Paintings


Stucco, Lacquer

Oil by Noted Florida Artist Jay Fleming "Houses for the Atomic Age"
By Jay Fleming
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A fun retro oil on canvas by the noted Florida artist Jay Fleming. Titled "Houses for the Atomic age"', it is quite a powerful image. Signed lower right. A bright colorful image. Som...

21st Century and Contemporary American Paintings

Large Art Deco "Trench Art" Pin-Up Painting, Oil on Heavy Cloth, Signed
By Alberto Vargas, George Brown Petty IV
Located in Dallas, TX
Painted by seaman Colaianni on the USS Rigel, circa 1940s. Nicely executed cheesecake image in manner of Petty / Varga / Vargas. The Rigel was docked at Pearl Harbor during the att...

Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Paintings

Parker Panttila Nature Study Watercolor
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Parker Panttila (Brooklyn, New York 1924-2002) watercolor still life of a forest tableau in attractive earth tones. The subject appears to be a partial tree trunk covered in moss and...

1990s American Paintings



Art Deco Era Painting Gladioli by Emil Fiala Vienna, 1930s
By Emil Fiala
Located in Vienna, AT
Oil on canvas painting by Emil Fiala (1869-1960) with the motif Gladioli in a glass vase. Signed by Emil Fiala Prof. Emil Fiala had many exhibitions and the membership of the Künstle...

Vintage 1930s Austrian Art Deco Decorative Art



Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery