Beverly Pepper (American, 1922-2020). Ink painting titled "Jerusalem" depicting two figures in loose brushstrokes, 1957. Signed, titled, and dated along the lower right. With an additional painting in ink along the verso. This is an early example of her art before she moved to working primarily with sculptures.
While studying art theory with Gyorgy Kepes, she was introduced to the works of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray and met environmental artist Frederick Kiesler. In post-war Europe in 1949 while studying painting in Paris at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere she attended classes with cubist painter Andre Lhote and Fernand Leger at his atelier while visiting the studios of Ossip Zadkine and Brancusi.
She worked as a painter but took up sculpture after a 1960 trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, where the temple ruins filled her with awe. Throughout her life she experimented with new and emerging sculptural techniques, becoming one of, if not the, first sculptors to use Cor-Ten steel in her works.Height: 28 in x width: 20 in.
The item is in generally good condition with no visible tears or losses, or major creases. When inspected under UV light, there is no visible sign of restoration. The paper is toned and has an acidic burn. Light wear along the margins. Along the margins, there are several light creases. To the lower of the right margin, there is an area with brown paint accretions. To the lower left quadrant, there is a line of blue paint accretion, which is visible in the lot listing. There are several original black paint residues throughout. Along the verso, the paper is toned and has an acidic burn. There are several areas of soiling and paper discoloration, most noticeably to the lower right quadrant; please see the listing image. From the verso, to the upper left margin, there is an area with adhesive residue, most likely old framer's tape.
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