While Gruppe was a fixture on the Gloucester waterfront, he also traveled north to Vermont to paint beginning in the 1930s and through the 1940s, joining friends Chauncey Ryder and Carlson. By the early 1950s, however, the harsh New England winters soon inspired him to make seasonal trips to the Florida coast, where more temperate climes afforded the artist both a change in subject matter and good fishing.
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At first he stayed with friends and taught painting classes on the beach, but by 1955, Gruppe purchased a home in Naples and began producing sunlit canvases with swaying palms and a lighter, warmer palette, as seen in Boats beside the Pier, Tarpon Springs, Florida, which captures a slice of life along the waterfront in the Sunshine State.
To private collection, Enfield, Connecticut, by 1977
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 33804, October 2002
To private collection, Marshfield Hills, Massachusetts, July 2003 to present
(upper stretcher in red) Tarpon Spring (sic) Boats 511
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 33804