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Artist Biography

Emile Gruppe was born in Rochester, New York; he trained with his father—Charles P. Gruppe, a well-known landscape painter in his own right—and several prominent impressionist painters at the National Academy of Design and the Art Student’s League in New York City. By the time he established his studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts, he had received additional training in Holland and France, and was arguably one of the most well-taught painters of his day.

He put his schooling to good use: he founded the Gruppe Summer School in Gloucester, and was a popular and prolific artist throughout his lifetime. The majority of his career was divided between painting in Vermont and Massachusetts, and he is most renowned for his impressionist New England harbor scenes and winter landscapes.

Gruppe exhibited widely and was the recipient of many prizes throughout his career. His fine impressionist paintings can be found in many important museum collections across the country including: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Cordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX; The Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA; The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and The White House Collection, Washington, DC, as well as many private collections.