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At the Wharf, Gloucester, Oil on Canvas, 20 x 24, Signed    
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Curator's Comments (Cont'd): In 1925, after seeing an exhibition that featured the
beautiful winter harbor scenes of Gloucester by Frederick Mulhaupt, Gruppe
' father and son
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
, and where a statue now celebrates his presence. 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
in 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
,' he would say and in would go the Rose Madder. 'How about some masts, here.' The
e 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, here the so-called Italian Docks, 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.
We think this is one of his bestr Gloucester marines.
Men At Work Gloucester-- Emile Gruppe'--top price $60,000
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Emile studied first with his father, Charles Paul Gruppe, who took his family to Holland while
Emile was a child.
The father won royal prizes in Europe. 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
' 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.