Born in Rochester, New York, Emile Gruppé became a renowned New England landscape and marine painter. Although he is best known for his variety of Impressionistic landscapes, he also painted figures and portraits. His modern style was largely inherited from French Impressionist, Claude Monet.
Gruppé was the son of a landscape artist and came from a strong artistic background. In addition to being raised by an artistic father, he was also educated in art at The Hague in The Netherlands and in New York City at The National Academy of Design and The Art Students League. He eventually made his permanent studio in Gloucester, Massachusettes.
His artistic career began in 1915 but was briefly interrupted in 1917 when he spent a year in the United States Navy.