Emile Albert Gruppe (1896-1978) oil on canvas, circa 1948, Mid-Century.
Seagulls on the waves with turbulent seas. A beautiful scene that is moving and alive. Most probably painted off Cape Ann near Bass Rocks near Gloucester!
Canvas: 25 X 30 inches.
Frame: 31 X 36 inches.
Signed lower right.
Condition: Good: Light varnish stains throughout; possibly patinaed lintseed oil. Has been professionally cleaned.
Gruppe was the son of landscape artist Charles Paul Gruppe, and was born in 1896 in Rochester, New York. 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 Bridgeman, Charles Chapman, Richard Miller and John F. Carlson, with whom he would later founded, in 1942, the Gruppe Summer School in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He made his permanent studio in Gloucester. Gruppe’s paintings can be found in many public collections, including the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, Maryland; the Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, North Carolina; the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, Pennsylvania; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey; the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut; the Oklahoma City Museum of Art; the Richmond Art Museum, Richmond, Indiana; the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; the Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah; the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, Indiana; and The White House, Washington, D.C.