In the early decades of the 20th century, Massachusetts' Cape Ann was a magnet for artists seeking summer months outside of the hot cities of Boston, New York, Chicago and beyond. In the late 1920s Emile Gruppe joined fellow artists in Cape Ann and quickly became a fixture on the Gloucester waterfront, later founding the Grupee Summer school. He was an instructor who believed that an artist’s inspiration should be found out of doors. In one of his three books on painting he wrote: “Outside you see and feel the character of your subject. It’s an open book – all you have to do is learn how to read.” His painting Smith Cove, Gloucester captures a slice of life in the habors of Cape Ann, a scene that would have been quite familiar to the artist. His loose brushstrokes capture the working lobstermen hauling their traps with the glow of late-morning sun illuminating the clouds in shades of pinks and blues.
 Martin, Lisa B., “The Cape Ann School” The Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art. (March-April 1992).
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Collection, Newbury Port, Massachusetts
Collection, Fairfield, Maine, until 2017
1). (in black marker, top stretcher): Smith Cove Gloucester by Emile A. Gruppe
2). (top stretcher) $600.00