Charles W. Dahlgreen

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Charles W. Dahlgreen

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Charles Dahlgreen created etchings and dry points with a skillful sense of design and these have received more attention than his paintings.

As a youth he left school to support his family. He spent years doing sign painting, decorating, etching swords, working in foundries, and prospecting in the Klondike. He also managed some art studies including three years in Dusseldorf, Germany in the 1880s and in 1906 at The Art Institute of Chicago. He painted in Arizona, painting the Grand Canyon in the early 1920s. Later he was in Yosemite. Nine of his etchings are in the Library of Congress. Three of those are from his Yosemite series.

Brown County Art Colony


The Brown County Art Colony was formed in the early 1900s by artists who were attracted by the undisturbed picturesque landscape known as Peaceful Valley.  T.C. Steele was the first to become a resident of the county when he purchased 200 acres near Belmont. Adolph Shulz is considered to be the founder of the Brown County Art Colony.  He began visiting Brown County in 1908 and in 1917 became a permanent resident. Both Adolph Shulz and T.C. Steele influenced other artists and many began building cabins and moving to the area.  Will Vawter and Gustave Baumann were among the first to make Brown County their home.  Other artists such as Charles Dahlgreen, Lucie Hartrath, and L.O. Griffith came from Chicago and by the early 1930s there were at least eighteen artists with permanent homes in Brown County.  Artists such as C. Curry Bohm, Edward K. Williams, Ada Walter Shulz, Carl Graf, V.J. Cariani, Gustav Baumann, Will Vawter, Dale Bessire, Georges LaChance, Marie Goth, Leota Loop, Adam Emory Albright, Olive Rush, and Alexis Fournier flourished and created the Brown County Art Colony nearly 100 years ago.




Letsinger-Miller, Lyn. The Artists of Brown County. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1994.


Nesbit, M. Joanne, ed., Barbara Judd, comp. Those Brown County Artists: The Ones Who Came the Ones Who Stayed the Ones Who Moved On. Nashville: Nana’s Book, 1993.


Charles W. Dahlgreen


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