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Artist Name:         Emile A. Gruppe'     
Artist Dates:         
1896 - 1978       
Painting Title:    
At the Wharf,
Painting Date:       Undated   
Oil on Canvas             
Private Collection      
Size Unframed:     20 x 24        
Frame Condition:   
New Reproduction
Artist Best Price:   $59,400
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Curator's Comments (Cont'd): Emile continued a family focus. His father was the artist,
Charles Paul Gruppe, who took his family to Holland while Emile was a child. But the family
returned to the U.S. in 1909 as the clouds of WWI gathered. It is said that at this time they added
the accent to the Gruppe name to make it appear less German. The elder Gruppe found a studio in
New York, and Emile's formal artistic training started at the Carnegie Art School, where the he
studied under George Bridgeman. At the Arts Student League's summer school at Woodstock (NY),
Gruppe studied under the great landscape artist John Fabian Carlson. He also spent time in
Provincetown  studying with Charles Hawthorne.  In later years, he summed up his education by
saying that it was balanced on three legs: Drawing taught by Bridgeman, Values taught by Carlson
and Color taught by Hawthorne. But his father, whose works we also offer, was his companion
painter for over 20 years.

In 1925, after seeing an exhibition that featured the beautiful winter harbor scenes of Gloucester by
Frederick Mulhaupt, the Gruppe father and son team headed to Cape Ann for a look that lasted
forever. Until 1929 they shared a studio on Bearskin Neck in Rockport. Then Emile moved to nearby
Gloucester, where he purchased an old school house on Rocky Neck, close to his beloved harbor
scenes which he painted year after year after year. Nyhan observes: " Emile Gruppe' was very quick
and sure of himself. He would complete painting a large 30 by 36 canvas in less than two hours,
sometimes one. He would begin by taking a charcoal stick and drawing a rough outline of his subject,
sketching in the major elements. Then with swift and confident strokes he would begin to cover the
drawing.  "Well, lets have a pink sky today" he would say and in would go the Rose Madder. "How
about some masts, here" He would load his brush and Zip, Zip, he would drop the tip as quickly as
possible, the faster, the straighter the line. And his masts were in." Gruppe is revered as an artist's
artist--but his ultimate idea was that we were all artists. That is why his painting remain in endless
demand--the small, the large--they are all the joyous expressions of a genius.

Gruppe loved the wharfs and docks of Gloucester, and we think our work is particularly interesting
for its sense of connection between the harbor and the open sea of New England that seems to roll in
right to the dock. All is in transition as the catch is transferred from the sea to the fishing trawler to
the shore. Gruppe has perfectly rendered the harmony of a natural process.
Men At Work Gloucester-- Emile Gruppe'
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