Charles Hovey Pepper (1864 - 1950)
The Story Book, n.d.
Watercolor and gouache on paper
9 1/2x 7 1/4 inches
Signed and monogrammed at upper left: Charles Hovey Pepper/ Pi
Inscribed verso: Charles H. Pepper/ Concord
Society of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, Summer Exhibition, n.d., as The Story Book
Painter of portraits, figure studies, and landscape in gouache, watercolor and (infrequently) oil. An 1889 graduate of Colby College (son of its president), Pepper studied at the New York Art Students League in 1890. He worked at the Academie Julian (1893-1897) and with Edmond Aman-Jean. His first solo exhibition was held in 1897 at L’Art Nouveau, a Paris gallery. Pepper settled in the Boston area in 1897 and in 1903-1904 traveled around the world, living for several months in Japan. A friend of most of the progressive artists who visited Boston - such as Sloan, Hartley, Bakst, Prendergast, and Hopkinson - Pepper collected their work. His own watercolors consisted of strongly colored rugged landscapes and portraits reminiscent of Hartley’s work of the 1930’s. He exhibited with the “Boston Five” (Marion Monks Chase, Carl Gordon Cutler, Charles Hopkinson, Harley Perkins, and himself), a group dedicated to bringing modernism to Boston.