Emile Albert Gruppé

American, 1896 - 1978

Emile Albert Gruppé was born in Rochester New York to Helen and Charles P. Gruppé. He lived the early years of his life in the Netherlands as his father Charles Paulo Gruppé, painted with The Hague School of Art and acted as a dealer for Dutch painters in the US. The family returned permanently to the States around 1913 when rumblings of World War I were brewing. All of Emile’s siblings established themselves in the arts. His oldest brother Paulo played the cello, his other brother Karl became a sculptor, and his younger sister Virginia a watercolorist.

In the early 1930’s Emile found his way to the fishing town of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and to the area known as Rocky Neck, one of the oldest artist communities in the US. Here he established his home and The Gloucester School of Painting (1940 – 1970) in an old schoolhouse with his mentor John Fabian Carlson. Later, the village of Cambridge and the town of Jeffersonville, Vermont with their surrounding mountains became a second campus for his students. Still later, as he grew older, the warm breezes and good fishing of Naples, Florida provided another palette for his landscapes.

The artist is represented in many museum and permanent collections and has held one-man exhibitions throughout the U.S. During his lifetime Emile A. Gruppé received many awards for his work from many groups including:

The National Academy

The Salmagundi Club

North Shore Arts Association

Rockport Art Association

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