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"Salome," Important Art Deco Painting by Dunbar Beck, WPA Muralist



Depicting a Salome who is both ravishing and terrifying, with her auburn tresses rising up as if on fire, this remarkable work was painted by Dunbar Beck, famed for his WPA and New York World's Fair murals. Here Beck captures the female nude in all its beauty, and yet it is a terrible beauty, given that Salome is regarding the head of John the Baptist, her hands framed in sharpened talons like a modern-day Gorgon. Beck worked in New York for many years, and later moved to Sacramento, California, where he died. Though never framed, the dimensions indicated here encompass the area that was meant to be seen, according to pencil marks by the artist.


  • Creator
    Dunbar D. Beck (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 18.25 in. (46.36 cm)Width: 23.5 in. (59.69 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Condition
    There is a scattering of small paint losses.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU86511533562

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