Rock of Gibraltar Mid-century Modern Watercolor Painting by Homer Pfeiffer (1946)
Our framed watercolor by the American painter, Homer Pfeiffer, depicts a dramatic mountain with lake below. Mounted in later frame dating from circa 2000. Painting measures approximately 18 by 24 inches.
The artist exhibited at the Laurel Gallery in New York, founded in 1946 by Chris Ritter at 108 East 57th Street, which specialized in American contemporary paintings and represented many important, respected artists, including Milton Avery, Claude Bentley, George Constant, Ibram Lassaw, Michael Lenson, Walter Pach, Madeline Tourtelot and Jimmy Ernst. A leading financial backer was Grace Borgenicht Brandt (1915-2001) the artist and very successful dealer. The gallery closed in 1950.
Homer Fay Pfeiffer (1998-1981) achieved a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale in 1926. In 1927 he won the prestigious Prix de Rome (Rome Prize) scholarship competition held annually at the Grand Central Galleries in New York, and thereafter obtained a fellowship to continue his studies at Yale. In 1930 he married Alberta Raffle Pfeiffer (1899-1994), known for being one of the first architects in Illinois and the first woman to with the school medal for academic excellence from the American Institute of Architects. Thereafter Pfeiffer was offered a teaching position at Yale, and in 1933 they opened a joint architectural practice in their home, mostly designing residences. After he joined the navy his wife established her own practice which was very successful through her retirement in 1977.