Pepper’s time in Holland allowed him to break from the rigorous academic styles he was practicing in Paris and experiment in color and composition, creating more expressive work. His biographer, Joseph Coburn Smith, writes that Pepper:
“found subjects in the Dutch girls and the men in the fields, in doorways, in the streets or in a church. Usually painting small water-colors . . . he used a palette where the blue, greens and browns were “greyed” into harmonies. The impact of those Japanese prints is distinguishable in his experimental spacing of the picture elements, the absence of chiaroscuro, and the sometimes noticeable black outlines. . . . Pepper’s Holland work has a quiet charm that stands up over the years and there are those who feel that in some respects he never painted better.
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Private collection, Boston, Massachusetts
Inscribed lower left: Egmond --(illegible) Hoef Holland
(typed): “FOUNDERS OF AN ART COLONY: THE / BEGINNINGS OF THE PAA&M” / July 14 – October 29, 1989 / PROVINCETOWN ART ASSOCIATION AND MUSEUM / 460 COMMERCIAL STREET, PROVINCETOWN, MA 02657” (with painting description)
1). Founders of An Art Colony: The beginnings of the PAA&M Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, July 14 – October 29, 1989