Untitled by Beverly Pepper, 1953

Untitled by Beverly Pepper, 1953

Photo by Chuck Heiney

For much of the 1950s, Beverly Pepper was based in Rome and was working as a painter. Although she experimented briefly with abstraction in 1948-49, her early work was largely figurative. Pepper produced a remarkable series of ink drawings based on her observations of men and women on the streets of the city. Important and engaging as works of art, they are also powerful documents of post-war Italy and a world on the verge of modernization and change. 

Beverly Pepper. Untitled, 1953. Ink on paper, 17 ¾ x 13 inches. Gift of the artist. © Beverly Pepper