(1844 - 1920)
Marius Dahlgren was active/lived in California, Arizona / Denmark. Marius Dahlgren is known for landscape and genre painting, illustrator, frescoes.
Born in Skelsior, Denmark in 1844. Marius studied under various masters at the Royal Academy in Denmark before immigrating to the U.S. in 1872. After living briefly in Salt Lake City, he moved to California and lived in San Jose for a few years. In 1878 he joined his brother and his new bride at their home in Oakland. Marius commuted daily to a studio in San Francisco where he became an active member of the local art association, and participated in local and state exhibitions. He sketched in the Northwest and Alaska in 1888-89 and was active in California until 1902 when he made his final move to Tucson, AZ. There he worked as an illustrator while painting many landscapes of the surrounding area. The frontispiece from Carl Lumboltz's New Trails in Mexico was one of his last pieces of work as well as the frescoes in the St Augustine Cathedral in Tuscon. The last year of his life was spent as a caretaker of a mine in the Catalina foothills east of Tucson where he died on June 24, 1920. His paintings are rarer than those of his brother Carl. Exh: San Francisco Art Association, 1875-83. In: CHS; Orange Co. (CA) Museum; Oakland Museum (Alameda County Court House and View From Goat Island).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
City Directory; Artists of the American West
(Samuels); Oakland Museum; Arizona Daily Star, 6-26-1920 (obituary).Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
Primarily known as a landscape painter, he was likely the most
established landscape painter in Tucson, Arizona in the early 20th
He was born in Skelsior, Denmark, studied at the
Royal Academy in Denmark and emigrated to the United States in
1872. He lived briefly in Salt Lake City before moving to
In 1878, he settled in Oakland, but commuted daily to San Francisco
where he was active in art associations and exhibitions. In 1902,
he moved to Tucson and worked as an illustrator while painting desert
landscapes. He also did frescoes in St. Augustine's Cathedral
there. The last year of his life he was a caretaker of a mine in
the Catalina foothills east of Tucson.
Edan Hughes, Artists in California, 1786-1940