Testimony in Art: John Hafen's Illustrations for "O My Father"

Testimony in Art: John Hafen's Illustrations for "O My Father"
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Testimony in Art: John Hafen's Illustrations for "O My Father"

Author Dawn Pheysey

When artist John Hafen was a young man, leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent him to the Julian Academy in Paris so that he could improve his skills and further the kingdom by painting murals for the Church. Towards the end of his life, Hafen used the artistic skills he had developed to create eight illustrations for the famous poem "O My Father" by Eliza R. Snow. His lifetime of struggle gave him a spiritual maturity that is clear in his sincere and beautiful work. The art for "O My Father" has been called one of "the finest unions of poetry and art ever produced." The illustrations are reproduced in black and white in this article.