Gordon Edward Pfeiffer (October 10, 1899 – May 25, 1983) was
a Canadian master dyer and painter.
Gordon Edward Pfeiffer was born in Quebec City in
1899. He was the child of Adolph Pfeiffer and Lily
Wright. He attended Misses Bonhams' school, the Boys
High School, Stanstead Wesleyan College and studied
chemistry and economics at Harvard for two summers.
Pfeiffer married Dorothy Pfeiffer (née Douglas
Young), a musician and former art critic for the
Montreal Gazette, in June 1925 after a short courtship.
It is unclear how many children Pfeiffer had, in
Aimers's biography it is mentioned "Pfeiffer now had a
family of six to support" with Gordon Jr., Douglas,
Helen and Bruce being named in the book.
Spring Exhibitions at the Art Association
Pfeiffer would exhibit his works Spring
Exhibitions of the Art Association of Montreal (now
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) from 1928 to 1954. In
McMann's catalogue of paintings exhibited by Pfeiffer
his asking price for his works range from $50.00 for
Pumpkin season, 1933 ($882.64 in 2016 dollars adjusted
for inflation) to $600.00 for Barley harvest, 1942
($8,765.52 in 2016 dollars). The last painting he would
exhibit at the Spring Exhibitions, Summer, Baie des
Chaleurs had an asking price of $300.00 ($2,704.26 in
Royal Canadian Academy : 1928 to 1951.
Galerie Pauline Johnson, Montreal : 1979 to 1981.
Chateau Frontenac, Quebec : 1930 to 1933, 1935 to
Galerie Colbert, Montreal : 1977 to 1980.
Cotton Aimers' bibliography and catalogue raisonné
Gordon E. Pfeiffer in collaboration with the painter
himself documents a rich source of art dealers and
patrons that have supported Pfeiffer throughout his
Corinne "Coco" Dupuis-Maillet
Dupuis-Maillet is described as a fellow-artist
that helped Pfeiffer break into the Montreal artistic
community as he moved to Westmount in the mid-Forties.
She would take him under her wings and purchase dozens
of his paintings and make the introductions he needed to