By 1929, Gruppe had moved to Gloucester and established his gallery and studio in the town’s old one-room schoolhouse at 32 Rocky Neck Avenue. This prime location offered a wealth of paintable material for the artist, and his depictions of the wharves and their weathered fish houses, and the ships and dockworkers that served as the backbone of the town’s economy, were eagerly snapped up by locals and visitors. Boats along the Waterfront, Gloucester, with its warm coloring, the splashes of sunlight on the ships and sails, and the wonderful rendition of the reflections on the eddying tide, demonstrates the hallmarks that made Gruppe a household name and that continue to draw collectors to his work.
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Private collection, Stratham, New Hampshire