(1896 – 1978)
Emile Gruppe was born in Rochester, New York, and served one year in the Navy in 1917, before actively following his lifelong career in art. He studied art at the National Academy in New York City, at the Grande Chaumiere in Paris, and with his mentors George Bridgeman, John F. Carlson, Charles Hawthorne, Richard Miller, and George Chapman. While he tried multiple techniques, his preference was oils, and he excelled with his fluid brushwork in a post-impressionist style.
Emile Gruppe discovered Rockport in 1925, but soon decided to live in Gloucester. Gruppe was inspired by its fleet of painted fishing vessels, crowded wharf buildings, and colorful inhabitants. A favorite motif of Emile Gruppe’s was summer and winter landscapes with distinctive white birch trees. He and some other artists and mentors founded the Gruppe Summer School in Gloucester in 1942. He always stressed design as being the most important part of any painting while teaching there, followed by values and then color.
Gruppe continued to paint well into his seventies, winning national and local awards throughout his career. The Gruppe family lived at 11 Wonson Street in Rocky Neck and his tourist-popular gallery was located at 32 Rocky Neck Avenue in East Gloucester. He was, and still is known as, a popular Cape Ann artist.