Artist Biography

1841 - 1920

Carl Christian Dahlgren was born in Skelsior, Denmark on March 12, 1841. After serving in the Danish Army during the Austro-Prussian War, he enrolled at the Copenhagen Academy of Arts and studied privately with Carsten Henreksen. He and his younger brother, Marius, immigrated to Salt Lake City in 1872. There he found work as an artist-draftsman for the Surveyor General's office and later opened an art school. In 1878 he moved to San Francisco where he became an active member of the San Francisco Art Ass'n. Shortly after his arrival, he married and made his home in Oakland. For years his illustrations appeared in the Californian magazine. Primarily a landscapist, he also painted genre, portraits, and a series of San Francisco street scenes following the disaster of 1906. Carl was known as the "Sunshine Painter" due to a shaft of sunlight often found in his works. The first few years in the United States the brothers signed their paintings "Dahlgreen" but shortly after their arrival dropped an "E" from their signatures. Carl died in Oakland on June 5, 1920. Exhibited: California Midwinter International Exposition, 1894; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1916-18. Works held: Oakland Museum (Wood Engraver and his Apprentice); California Historical Society; State Museum Resource Center (Sacramento).

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