Early Morning GloucesterOil on canvas
25 by 30 in. W/frame 31 by 36 in.
Signed lower left: Emile A. Gruppe
Sale: Sharon Bocelli & Company, Bellows Falls, Vermont, September 19, 1993, lot 20;
Sale: Shannon's, Milford, Connecticut, May 1, 2008, lot 90;
Private collection, New Jersey.
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Emile A. Gruppe was a painter-teacher who was born in 1896, the son of renowned painter Charles P. Gruppe (1860-1940). He lived throughout his professional painting career in Gloucester, MA and wintered in Jeffersonille, VT and Sarasota, FL.
Gruppe studied at the National Academy (NYC), at the Grande Chaumiere, Paris; and with John F. Carlson, Richard Miller, George Bridgman, Charles Chapman and Charles Hawthorne (in Provincetown) and by 1930 he was known for his fluid, lucid post-impressionist scenes of the American landscape and of Gloucester boating views.
Salmagundi Club; North Shore Art Association (1929-1978); Rockport Art Association; Gloucester Society of Artists; Allied Artists of America; Longboat Key AA; Sarasota AA; Grand Central Art Galleries; Rochester AA; Audubon Artists; Northern Vermont Artists; New Haven Paint & Clay Club; CAFA; Meriden Arts & Crafts; St. Augustine AA; Academic Artists, Springfield, MA.
Allied Artists of America (1944); Springville, Utah (1928, 1946); Guilford, CT (1939); Meriden Arts & Crafts (1939, 1946); CAFA (1956); Rockport AA (1956, 1957); New Haven Paint & Clay Club (1935, 1938, 1939, 1940); Bridgeport, CT AA (1940); Champlain Valley Exposition (1949) and others.
L.A. Museum of Art; Witte Memorial Museum; Smith College; Univ. of Idaho; Webber College' San Antonio Museum, TX; New Haven PCC; DeCordova & Dana Museum, Lincoln, MA; White House, Washington, D.C.; Silverman College, Montreal, Canada; Montclair Art Museum; Speed Museum of Art; Butler Art Institute; Swope Gallery of Art.
Gloucester National Bank; Calloway Mills, LaGrange, GA; MacDonalds, Beverly MA.
In Who Was Who in American Art, (p. 1396, vol. 2) Peter Falk states, "Best known for his views of fishing boats docked at Gloucester and Rockport, and for his Rockport village scenes. Founder of the Gruppe Summer School, Gloucester, MA 1942." He is also well recognized for his views of Florida, where he wintered.