Emile Albert Gruppe (American/Massachusetts, 1876-1978) oil on canvas painting depicting boats in the harbor at Smith Cove, Gloucester, Massachusetts, under a cloudy sky. Signed lower right. Titled en verso and dated "1956", along with inscription "To H. Ed Cohen". Housed in a molded giltwood frame. Canvas – 24" H x 20" W. Framed – 30" H x 26" W. Mid 20th century. Biography: The son of landscape artist Charles Gruppe (whose work is also represented in this auction, see lots 135 and 294) , Emile Gruppe became a renowned artist in his own right and one of the most important Rockport School artists. In addition to being raised by an artistic father, he was also educated in art at The Hague in the Netherlands and in New York City at the National Academy of Design and The Arts Students League. He also received instruction from artists George Bridgeman, Charles Chapman, Richard Miller and John F. Carlson, with whom he would later establish the Gruppe Summer School in Gloucester, Massachusetts (1942). He made his permanent studio in Gloucester. Gruppes's prolific career brought him many awards and memberships. He was a member of the Allied Artists of America, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the North Shore Art Association, the Gloucester Society of Artists, the Rochester Art Association, the Sarasota Art Association, the St. Augustine Art Association, and the Salmagundi Club of New York. His paintings are in numerous private and public collections, including the White House. Provenance: the estate of Dr. Howard T. DeHaven, Columbia, TN. CONDITION: Very good condition; no damage noted. Frame also in very good condition.
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