Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

Mar. 25

On this day (1890) John Hafen wrote a letter to President Cannon of the First Presidency asking the question "who is there amongst all our people capable to do . . .justice to artwork" for the soon to be completed SL Temple. The result of that letter was the Art Mission to Paris. The following June 23, Hafen, Lorus Pratt, and John B. Fairbanks who were set apart as art missionaries, left Utah for the Julian Academy in Paris. (See Harvesting the Light: The Paris Art Mission and Beginnings of Utah Impressionism, by Linda Jones Gibbs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1987)

Glen Nelson