Emile Albert Gruppe (1896–1978)
Son of internationally recognized painter, Charles Gruppe, Emile Albert Gruppe became known in his own right for his vibrant harbor scenes. Born in Rochester, New York, Gruppe studied at the National Academy of Design, the Art Student’s League, New York and at the Grand Chaumière, Paris. During his studies, Gruppe became associated with George Bridgman, Charles Chapman, Richard Miller, and John F. Carlson, with whom, in 1942, he would establish the Gruppe Summer School in Gloucester, Massachusetts. During his lifetime, Gruppe exhibited at the National Academy of Design, where he held a membership, the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, the Rockport Art Association, and the North Shore Arts Association, where a retrospective of his work was held in 1997. Gruppe’s paintings can be seen in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the White House.