By 1929, Gruppe had moved to Gloucester, Massachusetts and established his gallery and studio in the town’s old one-room schoolhouse at 32 Rocky Neck Avenue. Bickford’s Float, Smith Cove, Gloucester was painted from a vantage point close to the artist’s studio and is a very rare example from the early part of Gruppe’s career, bearing the bright sparkling palette, carefully controlled composition, and attention to essential detail that are hallmarks of his best work.
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Over the next few years he became a regular member of the Rockport Art Association, the Gloucester Society of Artists and the North Shore Arts Association. But Gruppe, with his jovial personality and easy going nature, was a teacher at heart, so in 1942 he and John Carlson formed the Gruppe Summer School, which remained in operation until the mid-1970s. He was a well-liked and respected 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.”
 Martin, Lisa B., “The Cape Ann School” The Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art. (March-April 1992).
Private collection, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
With Vose Galleries, Boston, inventory no. 34371, July 2005
To private collection, Columbus, Indiana, October 2005 to present
(verso of canvas) The Boat Landing / by / Emile A. Gruppe
Previous Vose Galleries label, inventory no. 34371
James Jeffrey Grant (1883-1960) and his North Shore Contemporaries: Cape Ann Painters During the 1930s and 1940s, Vose Galleries, Boston, October 27 – December 7, 2005, illustrated page 22 in catalogue