Emile A Gruppe
Emile Gruppe' (1896-1978). "Birches By the
Stream," oil on canvas, 30 x 25, signed.
GRUPPE'S BIRCH TREES ARE PERFECT
THESE ARE THE BEST !
Emile Gruppe' (1896-1978). "On Mt. Mansfield," oil on canvas, 30 x 36, signed.
We have acquired two of what we think are the best-ever of Gruppe's famous birch tree studies. The first set along the stream near Jeffersonville, Vermont, where the artist did his winter work and the second--an even larger study--done on the slopes of Mt. Mansfield that may be his single most important work. The first shows the artist in a romantic mood--the second is realistic to the point of a rare use of impasto on the slate of the mountainside that makes it come alive. (Our image does not nearly begin to show the brushwork here.) Gruppe has written "Chin slope" on the stretcher to tell us he is working on the trail to the highest peak of Mount Mansfield and nearing the tree line. His birches are windswept and about to sail off like birds in flight--but the slates and their impasto texture have locked them in place like flags signaling that snow is on the way. We have yet to see any Gruppe' work that matches this for the intensity of its composition.
The Artist, ca. 1925
Mount Mansfield, Vermont
Gruppe' was one of America's most prolific painters. His works are estimated at over 7,000, and that includes sketches cannibalized from larger canvases, demonstration work for his extensive teaching at his own Gloucester summer school, and partial works supporting his three books. He loved seeing buyers value his work, and his excessive commercial agenda probably kept him out of the National Academy, even though he won competitions there and has works hanging in the Art Institute of Chicago and the White House. While other artists were very discrete in advertising, Emile, at a demonstration, would put his asking price on the back of the canvas. He is said to have sold some canvases, even before he dabbed any paint on the front. While his Vermont birches are extraordinary, he was strong when he painted on the Gloucester Docks. For collectors wanting a super Gruppe marine, we offer one of his very best.
Emile Gruppe (1896-1978). "The Catch Comes In," oil on canvas, 20 x 24, signed.
DOWN BY THE DOCKS THE TIDE IS COMING IN!