Untitled (Cambodia, Study of a Woman)

Untitled (Cambodia, Study of a Woman)

Photo by Chuck Heiney

In 1960, Pepper embarked on an extensive trip to Asia that changed her life. She drew constantly but her work became less detailed and more expressive. Her figures gradually grew less representational and increasingly abstracted. Although works like this still maintain an interest in capturing the people she encountered in everyday life as her Roman street drawings did, her concerns for realism is retreating as she is about to embark on a lifelong commitment to abstraction. 

Beverly Pepper, Untitled (Cambodia, Study of a Woman), 1960. Ink on paper, 14 x 10 inches. Gift of the artist. ©Beverly Pepper