Charles P. Gruppe, American. 1860-1940.
This painting by Charles P. Gruppe bears the exhibition label from the
Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, Ma
A Family of Artists: Gruppe Family
dated March 13 - April 29, 2012
During the 19th century and the 20th century, the Gruppe family contributed
to the New England art scene by producing many artists including:
Charle Paul Gruppe (1860-1940) and his sons Emille (1896-1978) and Karl (1893-1982).
This exhibition will look at their colorful careers and how they influenced each other as artists.
Charles Gruppe was born in Canada, and moved to New York State was he was ten.
Primarily a tonalist landscape and marine painter, Charles Gruppe was largely self-taught
although he spent time studying in Europe, eventually settling in Holland for a time where
he developed his skill at subtle coloration and careful draftsmanship. Charles Gruppe returned
to America becoming a painter and well as a dealer. His son, Emile A. Gruppe, was born in 1896
went on to become a famous painter himself.
In 1925, after seeing a number of Rockport and Gloucester harborscenes painted
by Frederick Mulhaupt at an exhibition in New York, father and son traveled to the Cape Ann
area of Massachusetts. They fell in love with the location, set up studios and painted there
for the rest of their lives. This painting exhibits the preoccupation that Charles Gruppe had
with capturing the fleeting glimpses of sunlight as the lightbeams break through the clouds
and illuminate an otherwise grey day at the shore.
Charles Gruppe exhibited at the National Academy of Design (NAD), the Pennsylvania Academy of
the Fine Arts (PAFA), the Boston Art Club, and also in Paris where he won a gold medal at the
Rouen Exhibition. His paintings are included in the collections of the National Gallery,
the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the National Arts Club, the National Gallery in Canada, the Queen
of Holland Collection, and in the Art Museum in Rouen, France.
"Bass Rocks, Gloucester."
Signed lower right.
Oil on canvas 25" x 30".
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