Thursday, November 6, 2008

Emile Albert Gruppe

Emile Albert Gruppe was born in Rochester NY in 1896. The son of a painter, in a family rich with artists, Emile studied at the Carnegie Art School, the Art Students League and in Europe. He also received instruction from artists George Bridgeman, Charles Chapman, Richard Miller and John F. Carlson.

It was with Carlson that he later founded the Gruppe Summer School in 1942. He established his studio in Gloucester Massachusetts with his brother, Karl Heinrich. His use of light but also his brushwork developed into a personalized style that intrigues me. A good number of his paintings are of the coast, either in New England or Florida or landscapes.

Emile lived to 1978. My time in Massachusetts overlapped his during that year. I wonder if I might have seen him at some point in the Gloucester harbor? I feel it seeing his work was a great opportunity missed.

There is an exhibit of his work currently open in Rock Port

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