"Gruppe was originally drawn to Cape Ann after seeing the works of the North Shore’s William Lester Stevens and Frederick J. Mulhaupt at the National Academy in 1925. Moving to Rockport and eventually settling in Gloucester, he became a staple of the area for his plein air paintings of the life and activity on the coast. Boats along the Waterfront, Gloucester is a lovely example of Gruppe’s talent- in a few deft strokes, he has succinctly portrayed the workers and boats that sustained Gloucester’s economy, as well as the distant town, sunlight shining on the heavy canvas sails, and the rippling reflections on the water. Of his technique, Gruppe stated, '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.'" - Molly Lynch, Gallery Assistant
 Martin, Lisa B., “The Cape Ann School” The Catalogue of Antiques and Fine Art. (March-April 1992).
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Private collection, Stratham, New Hampshire