American (Massachusetts / Vermont ) 1896-1978





"Nymph by the Stream"
signed ‘Emile A. Gruppe’  l.l.
Oil on Canvas

Housed in a 22K Giltwood Frame


Museums: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Richmond Art Museum, Hickory Museum of Art,

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Springville Museum of Art, Sheldon Swope Art Museum,

Whistler House Museum of Art, The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Oklahoma City Museum of Art


Books: (36) including., Gruppe on Painting,  Gruppe, Emile A


Periodicals (6): American Art Review (4); Art News (1);

Plein Air Magazine, 2005 September, The Gruppe Family


Image size: 14” x 14 ½ ”




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Emile Albert Gruppe
American (Massachusetts) 1896-1978

"Nymph by the Stream"
Oil on Canvas
Signed l.l Emile A. Gruppe

Emile Gruppe is best known for his marine scenes, primarily in the Gloucester, and Rockport, Massachusetts area,

and also those painted of the Florida shorelines. The hillsides and trees of Vermont were another favorite subject.

He was the son of Canadian/American painter Charles Paul Gruppe, spending part of his youth in Holland,

where his father was a favorite painter of the Dutch Royal family,

and returning with his family to the United States at the outbreak of World War I.

Emile Gruppe became a prolific painter, and recipient of too many awards and honors to list.

He was also an author and teacher, founding the Gruppe Summer School, and the Gloucester School of Painting.

He is represented in many major private and public collections, including the White House, Washington, DC,

the Los Angeles Museum Art, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the National Academy, and The Salmagundi Club.

However, of all his accomplishments, his paintings of nude bathers or 'nymphs', as he often called them,

usually depicted in the woods at the edge of a stream or lake, remain my favorite.

They have a certain unspoken whimsy beyond the many well executed harbors with colorful boats, or sophisticated seascapes.

It was the period of popularity for paintings of the pure winged Psyche on the rock - possibly influencing this choice of subject matter.

But the streamside nudes of Gruppe stand on their own technically and esoterically -

with a shy modesty and innocence that never attempts at sensuality, but only pure enjoyment of the nature about them.

This painting is quite singular among the series, in Gruppe's use of strong violets and blues

surrounding the orange-red hair and almost white skin, projecting a more magical aura than human.

It is a painting that I am compelled to view with a sense of child-like and surreal wonder.



See also :


Frederick Carl Smith

Robert Henri

Theresa Bernstein

Karl Yens


GRUPPE, Emile Albert (1896-1978)


Birth place: Rochester, NY


Addresses: Gloucester, MA/winters in Jeffersonville, VT


Profession: Painter, teacher


Studied: Art Students League; National Academy of Design; Grande Chaumiére, Paris; and with John F. Carlson,

Richard Miller, George Bridgman, C. Chapman, Charles Hawthorne


Exhibited: National Academy of Design, 1916-38; Allied Artists of America, 1934-44 (prize), 1945-52;

Art Institute of Chicago, 1913, 1915,1920; Springville, UT, 1928 (prize), 1946 (prize); Guilford, CT, 1939 (prize);

Salmagundi Club, prizes, 1941, 1953, 1958, 1959, 1967; Meriden Arts & Crafts, 1939 (prize), 1946 (prize);

Audubon Artists, 1944-52; North Shore Art Association, 1922-52 (prize, 1939), 1958 (prize); Salmagundi

Club, 1913-52; Rockport Art Association, 1925-52, 1956 (prize), 1957 (prize); New Haven Paint & Clay Club,

1933, 1935 (prize), 1936-38 (prize), 1939 (prize), 1940 (prize), 1941-52; Salmagundi Club  , 1916-52;

Bridgeport Art Association, 1940 (prize); Ogunquit Art Club, 1941 (prize); Jordan Marsh, 1943 (medal, prize);

Miami Beach AC, 1952; Findlay Gallery, Chicago, 1946, 1948, 1950-51; Lieber Gallery, Indianapolis, 1950;

J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, 1948, 1950; Brodhead Gallery, Rochester, NY, 1948; Champlain Valley Exhibition,

1949 (prize); Academic Artists, Springfield, 1953 (prize); Hollywood, CA, 1955 (prize); McNichols Gallery,

Naples, FL. Other awards: Ranger Fund purchase prizes, 1949, 1953.


Member: Salmagundi Club; North Shore Art Association, 1929-78; Gloucester School of Art; Rockport Art Association;

Allied Artists of America; Longboat Key Art Association; Sarasota Art Association; Grand Central Art Gallery;

Rochester Art Association; Audubon Artists; Northern Vermont Artists; New Haven Paint and Clay Club;

Salmagundi Club; Meriden Arts & Crafts; St. Augustine Art Association; Academic Artists, Springfield, MA;

Woodstock Art Association


Work: Los Angeles Museum Art; Witte Memorial Museum; University of Idaho; Webber College, Smith College,

Northampton, MA; San Antonio (TX) Museum; New Haven Paint and Clay Club; De Cordova & Dana Museum,

Lincoln, MA; White House, Washington, DC; Silverman College, Montreal, Canada; Montclair Art Museum;

Mechanics Inst., Rochester, NY; Greenbrier College, Lewisburg, WV; Springville, UT; J.B. Speed Museum Art;

Butler Art Institute; Swope Gallery Art; Rockford (IL) High School.; Murals: Gloucester National Bank; Calloway Mills,

LaGrange, GA; MacDonalds, Beverly, MA


Comments: Impressionist painter, son of landscape painter Charles P.). Best known for his views of fishing boats

docked at Gloucester and Rockport, and for his Rockport village scenes. Founder of the Gruppe Summer

School, Gloucester, MA, 1942.


Sources: Who's Who 1959; Who's Who 1947; Artists of the Rockport Art Association (1946);

additional information courtesy North Shore Art Association; Woodstock Art Association.


This biography is drawn from the "Who Was Who in American Art"  the reference book on the cultural life in the United States.




Oklahoma City Museum of Art 

Richmond Art Museum 

Sheldon Swope Art Museum

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art 

Springville Museum of Art

The Hickory Museum of Art 

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art 

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts 

Whistler House Museum of Art 



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