Item #AT-0369

"Winter" Oil on Canvas by Justus Pfeiffen (1889 - 1937)


"Winter" Oil on Canvas by Justus Pfeiffen (1889 - 1937)

Private Collection




30"H x 36"W


40"H x 46"W

Justus Pfeiffen was a well-known east coast artist of the early 20th Century. He lived in New York City on the upper east side on East 92nd Street. Early in his career he was an advertisement artist at the firm H.K. McCann Company in NYC. During the summer months he was part of a small group of painters known as The Beck City Artists. The Beck City Artists constituted a little colony in Ulster County, New York and were more or less closely associated with Birge Harrison. Some members of this group included Pheiffen, Henry Lee McFee, and Walter Goetz. This small group of painters exhibited widely and received high marks for achievement for their striking canvases of Woodstock valley and the Catskills.

Pfeiffen's style of painting was bold with a great sense of contrast. Some of his most famous pieces would be wintry mountain slopes with riffs of white snow and big spirited canvases conveying a sense of weight, mass, and heaviness. He gained this effect simply with broad strong strokes of the brush and unbroken tones of color. He was also known for bold landscapes, figures and City Parks.

During his short career he was in many important exhibitions including;

The Annual Exhibition of Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts 1910, The International Fine Arts Exhibition at Buenos Aires and Santiago 1910 (Silver Medal), O'Brien Gallery Chicago 1911, The Herron Gallery (John Herron Art Institute) 1912, Wildenstein Gallery, NY, NY 1912, Art Exhibition at Brooklyn Heights Seminary 1913, and the Panama- Pacific International Exposition, 1916.

Little information is known about the rest of his life, and he passed away in New York City in 1937 at 48 years old.