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"Diana Keeping Watch," Important Art Deco Mural Study by Dunbar Beck



This gorgeous and important mural study, depicting a sleeping couple under a starlit sky, watched by the goddess Diana overhead, was painted in gouache and gold by Dunbar Beck, in preparation for a series of murals he did for the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. All three figures are Classic, stylized depictions in the Art Deco manner and the floating figure of Diana is highlighted in gold. Note, too, the gorgeous blues in the night sky and the purples in the trousers of the male figure. Beck is known for his WPA mural for the post office in Danvers, Massachusetts and his work to decorate a piano donated by Steinway to the Roosevelt White House.


  • Creator
    Dunbar D. Beck (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.25 in. (36.2 cm)Width: 25 in. (63.5 cm)Depth: 0.1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Small loss to upper lefthand corner, well outside image area.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86512023682

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