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
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 of Montreal.
Pfeiffer would exhibit his works Spring Exhibitions of
the Art Association of Montreal (now Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts) from 1928 to 1954.
• 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 career.
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 get noticed.
Edward, 1899-1983, (McKendry; Vallée 89; Vallée
93; Boulizon; Robert 78; Collection Lavalin du
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Artistes
plasticiens par Comeau; Art Auctions 1976-1978;
Biographical Index of Artists in Canada; Sales
Index 1989-90; Dictionary of Canadian Artists,
vol. 6, pp. 1646-1648; Cote officielle
d'artistes du Québec 1978)
Aimers, Cotton. Gordon E. Pfeiffer.
Montreal: Stanke, 1981. ISBN 276040143X
McMann, Evelyn de R. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts,
formerly Arts Association of Montreal: Spring
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988. ISBN