"Misty Morning, Gloucester Harbor" by Emile Albert Gruppe (American, 1896-1978). Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches. Signed lower right: Emile A. Gruppe. Condition: excellent, all original, with no restoration or in-painting. Provenance: private collection, Toronto, Canada. Emile Gruppe was a prolific artist who is best known for his impressionistic landscape paintings, and most especially for his harbor views of Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts. The son of the painter Charles Gruppe (1860-1940), Emile was born in Rochester, NY on Nov. 23, 1896. Much of his childhood was spent on the coast of Holland; however, at the outbreak of World War I, his family returned to the U.S., and Emile began his formal artistic training, attending the Art Students League in New York, studying under Charles Chapman and George Bridgman. He also trained with the landscape painter George Carlson in Woodstock, NY, and with Richard Miller in Paris and Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, MA. Emile was to develop a lasting friendship with Carlson, by whom he was greatly influenced. Emile became enamored with the fishing port of Gloucester during the mid 1920s, and thereafter spent many summers in Gloucester, eventually founding an art school in 1942, the Gruppe Summer School, in partnership with his artist contemporaries Bridgman, Carlson, Miller and Chapman. This he operated until 1970. Gruppe's style is characterized by robust brushwork, with a depth of color in his palette, and a concentration on compositional design. He became a prolific painter, creating about two hundred oils each year. Emile maintained a home in Jeffersonville, Vermont, where he painted the countryside surrounding Mount Mansfield. During his later years, he spent his winters in Sarasota, Florida, while continuing with his painting and teaching. He died in East Gloucester in 1978. He exhibited at the National Academy of Design, the North Shore Art Association, and the Rockport Art Association. His works are in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD; The Hickory Museum of Fine Art, Hickory, NC; Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL and others.
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