Emile A. Gruppé (American, 1896-1978) was born in 1896 in Rochester, New York and was the son of landscape painter Charles Paul Gruppé (American, 1860-1940). He had a very strong art background. 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 B. Bridgman, Charles Chapman, Richard Miller and John F. Carlson, with whom he later founded the Gruppé Summer School in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1942. His artistic career had begun in 1915, but was briefly interrupted in 1917 when he spent a year in the United States Navy.
Gruppé became a renowned New England landscape and marine painter, and maintained his permanent studio in Gloucester, MA. Although he is best known for his variety of Impressionistic landscapes, he also painted figures and portraits. His modern style was largely inherited from French Impressionist Claude Monet. "Lily Pads" (date and location unknown), one of Gruppé's landscapes, attests to Monet's influence and is similar to some of the paintings in Monet's "Water Lily" series.
Gruppé's prolific career brought him many awards and memberships. His popular painting "Winter, Vermont" (date and location unknown), won the Richard Mitton Award at the Jordan Marsh Exhibition in Boston in 1943.
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(Source: With permission from AskArt.com, previous brief biographical information from American Art Analog, by Michael David Zellman, Vol. III, Pg. 911.)