Shoares Wharf ca. 1930’s 20″ x 24″
Fine art painter, Emile Gruppe was born in Rochester, New York, the son of noted artist Charles P. Gruppe and the brother of Karl H. and Virginia H.
Gruppe studied art at the Arts Students League, National Academy of Design, and with John E. Carlson, Richard E. Miller, George Bridgeman, Charles Chapman and abroad.
He was a member of the North Shore Arts Association in Gloucester, Massachusetts from 1929 until his death in 1978. He was also a member of the Rockport Art Association, Allied Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, and the Gloucester Society of Artists.
Emile Gruppé ~ Shoares Wharf (Early 1930’s)
In 1910, a group of families left their native Michigan (near Charlavoix) because of poor fishing conditions, and came to fish in Gloucester. Led by Albert Arnold, they included Shoares, Tysvers, Dalhmers, and Lasleys.
Their method of fishing was gillnetting. The Gill Netters established their fishing in East Gloucester. The Shoares Wharf was located on East Main Street near the pumping station. The wharf is still there, although the building on it is smaller than the one in the painting.
Over the years the Shoares had three boats: the Naomi-Bruce; The Naomi Bruce II and the Naomi-Bruce III. The larger boat in this painting may be one of the Naomi-Bruce’s.
The wharf next door belonged to the Tysvers. In the background is Rocky Neck.
This early original Emile Gruppé oil painting is from the early 1930’s has never been seen by the public. The ownership is simply Emile Gruppé, Walker Fielding and Joseph