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Elijah Baxter
Moist May Morning
Oil on canvas
29 x 30 inches

Elijah Baxter

(American, 1849-1939)

Elijah Baxter was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1849 and by 1869 he was studying painting in Europe, first at the South Kensington School of fine Arts in England, then on to the Académie des Beaux Artes in Antwerp, Belgium, where he roomed with Francis Millet and trained with Van Lerius, Van Luppen and Jacobs. Before Baxter’s return to Providence, Rhode Island (where he spent his professional painting career after 1873), he traveled to Italy and Paris and became influenced by the works of Corot and Harpignies. After studying a short time in 1873 at the Académie Julian in Paris, he returned to the United States knowing how to paint competently a Barbizon-toned impressionistic landscape like Moist May Morning. He maintained studios in both Newport, RI and Providence. In 1878 he won his first medal in Boston and was considered a leading Rhode Island painter by 1880 and became a member of the Boston Art Club, Providence Art Club and Newport Art Association. Baxter was also instrumental in founding the Rhode Island School of Design and taught at the Newport Art Association. His painting are in major art collections throughout the U.S. He died in North Rochester, Massachusetts in 1939.

Due to a studio fire, Baxter's work is considered rare. The only large canvas like Moist May Morning that we know about is at the State Capitol in RI. He is also represented in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design.