John Boylston Fairbanks was an American landscape painter. In 1890, he was one of a group of artists who studied in Paris under the sponsorship of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in preparation for painting murals at the nearly completed Salt Lake Temple.
John Boylston Fairbanks, Sarah Van Wagoner Fairbanks
Florence Gifford Fairbanks
Avard Fairbanks, Ortho Fairbanks
Southern States Mission
John B. Fairbanks was one of the five artists who were set apart as art missionaries and sent to study in Paris. Fairbanks, Hafen, and Pratt were sent first, with Edwin Evans and Herman Haag joining them later. They studied at the Academie Julian. Despite the challenges of frugal living arrangements and instruction in a crowded art academy, the Utah artists distinguished themselves and won several competitions. Their Paris training produced artists who gained new techniques and greater sophistication and accuracy in perspective and proportions. They were influenced by French Impressionism and its emphasis on landscapes and the effects of natural light by painting en plein air.