Emile Albert Gruppe (Massachusetts; 1896 – 1978)
Gloucester Harbor, 1960
Oil painting on board
Signed to lower left
Artist, title, date and medium are inscribed to verso
A 1960 oil painting on canvas titled Gloucester Harbor by listed American artist Emile Albert Gruppé (1896 – 1978). The painting depicts a row of small wooden boathouses along the water’s edge. A rustic fishing boat is pulled up alongside one of them in the foreground. The painting is completed in broad, thoughtful strokes of moody neutrals with pops of green, red, and pale blue. the painting is signed to the lower left. It is presented in a wooden frame with gold tone finish and a hanging wire. A tag to the verso gives information about the piece.
Private collection, Cincinnati, OH
Purchased from Clars Auction Gallery, Oakland, California, 2014
Born in Rochester, New York to an artistic family, renowned New England painter Emile Gruppé first studied art with his father, painter Charles P. Gruppé (1860-1940). He went on to study at The Hague in the Netherlands, and at both the National Academy of Design and under George Bridgeman and Charles Chapman at the Art Students League in New York. However, it was studying under John Carlson in Woodstock, New York where he discovered plein air painting that became the focus of his career. A prolific painter, he is most known for his images of the harbors and scenery of Gloucester, Massachusetts and the winter landscapes of Vermont, deriving his style, along with many of his contemporaries, from Claude Monet and adopting a more dynamic palette and looser brushwork as his career progressed.
Gruppé was a member of many arts organizations, including the Salmagundi Club, The Rochester Art Association, and the North Shore Art Association. His work resides in many public collections, including: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut; the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; and The White House, Washington, D.C., as well as many others.
- light wear to frame finish.
- measures frame. Visible image measures 16.5" W x 13.5" H.