The Old Swimming Hole, Spring Creek Springville, Utah, (1893) by John Hafen
Hafen was born in Switzerland in 1856, and after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his family immigrated to Utah, where Hafen developed his painting talents under the tutelage of George Ottinger and Dan Weggeland. In 1890, he and four others were sent to Paris as art missionaries, where they learned the new techniques of landscape painting - a loosening of brush strokes, freer use of color, and the effects of light on their subjects.
This piece is from the Dougal Collection. It was traded to the Hafen family grocer for food for Hafen’s family while he was on his art mission in Paris.