Charles William Dahlgreen

Charles William Dahlgreen
1864 – 1955

Born in Chicago, Illinois to German immigrant parents, Charles W. Dahlgreen became an artist who traveled extensively to study, paint, and engage in printmaking.

His father died when he was young, making it necessary for him to become the main support of his family. He worked in a foundry for awhile, tried prospecting for gold in the Klondike of Yukon Territory, and eventually ran his own company for 15 years in Chicago making banners and signs. Thus, he started art school rather late, first at the Chicago Academy of Art and, then, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After graduating, he traveled to Europe and continued to learn by copying paintings of the Old Masters.

Like many Mid West artists, he spent time in the artists’ colony of Brown County, Indiana. It was so much a favorite place of his that, after a long life of making art, he requested to be buried there.

Other extended travel destinations in his career include the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas; the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina; the Grand Canyon area of Arizona; Taos, New Mexico; and Yosemite Valley in California.

This etching is typical of Dahlgreen’s style in its strong linear elements contrasted with a tonal sky.

Dahlgreen won many prizes early in his career. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Smithsonian Institution, the Los Angeles Museum of Art and others. The Library of Congress has nine of his etchings, three of them of Yosemite National Park.

“Pine Hills”
Professional conservation and cleaning done
Archivally matted and framed
image size 4.75” x 6.5”
framed size 14.5”x 17.5”