Edwin Evans, 1899
A native of Lehi, Utah, Evans left for France at age thirty to study art. Soon after arriving, Evans joined a small group of Utah painters whose Paris art studies were being financed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In exchange for the art training, these artists were contracted to paint murals in the Salt Lake City temple upon return to Utah. Evans painted this Utah scene with the same pastoral harmony many of his peers attributed to the Northeastern landscape. Through his paint and brush, Utah becomes part of Edenic America. In idealized renderings of cows and farmyards like this one, the artist omits rusty farm implements, dilapidated buildings, and unkempt grounds that form part of actual rural landscapes. Evans employed techniques from his studies in France to create this light-filled impressionist canvas.