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1971: 50 Works for 50 Years

Charles Greener

Honkers at Sunrise

Charles Greener (1870-1935) was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin and settled in Faulkton, South Dakota in 1890, where he operated a photography and painting studio. He studied at the University of North Dakota, in Galesburg, Illinois, with Anson Krossin Boston, at the Cincinnati Academy of Fine Arts, and with J.H. Kaumeyer in Minneapolis. The South Dakota landscape was Greener’s first love and he produced hundreds of paintings of the prairie in Faulk County. Honkers at Sunrise reveals Greener’s fascination with early light on prairie subjects. The artist registered this work for copyright, and it was presumably considered by him to be an important work. This was the first Greener painting acquired by the Museum, a gift from the artist’s daughter, Dorothy Greener Olson, and her husband Clarence.

The South Dakota Art Museum preserves 53 works by Charles Greener and maintains an extensive archive about him and his work. Learn more and see additional works in the museum's Charles Greener collection.

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