Chicago native Charles W. Dahlgreen was born on September 8, 1864. After working in commercial art as a painter of banners and emblems and trying his hand at prospecting in the Klondike, Dahlgreen decided at age forty to study art seriously and to become a painter. Dahlgreen enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago where he worked under John H. Vanderpoel, Frederick Freer, and Wellington J. Reynolds. Already in 1906 he was exhibiting his paintings at the Art Institute (he continued to show over one hundred works there until 1943). Around 1908 he moved on to study with Charles F. Browne and the portrait painter John C. Johansen. A year later he sought more training in Düsseldorf, choo
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