Emile Gruppe studied at both the Art Students League and The National Academy of Design. He was raised by his artist father Charles and began his artist career in 1915 with a brief interruption in 1917 when he spent a year in the Navy. Gruppe became an Impressionist painter best known for his views of fishing boats docked in Gloucester and Rockport, MA. His modern style was largely reflective of French Impressionist Claude Monet as seen in Gruppe's painting "Lily Pads". Gruppe won the Richard Mitton Award at the Jordon Marsh Exhibition in Boston for his popular painting "Winter-Vermont" in 1943. Public collections of Gruppe's work are held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the White House, Washington D.C.