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IAFOR Interviews #29: Researching Van Gogh and his Works – Jared Baxter


IAFOR President Dr. Joseph Haldane talks with The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2015 (ACAH2015) Featured Speaker, Jared Baxter, about his research on the life and paintings of Vincent van Gogh. Mr. Baxter explains his inspiration and motivation for delving into the works of van Gogh as well as the challenges he faces as an independent researcher. Mr. Baxter also offers up some of his findings on a possible connection between Van Gogh and Italian poet Dante Alighieri.

Over the last four years, Jared Baxter’s research has focused on Van Gogh, in particular, how Vincent’s enduring worship of Christianity manifested itself in his later life and artwork. Contending Van Gogh painted a unique Last Supper, he presented “Van Gogh’s Last Supper: Decoding the Apotheosis in Symbolist Easter Eggs” in Brighton, UK at IAFOR’s European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2013. The paper was subsequently published in the January 2014 Art History Supplement and the July 2014 Anistoriton Journal of History, Archaeology and Art History. Offering insight into how Van Gogh viewed Symbolist art, in September 2014 he presented “Rembrandt’s Slaughtered Ox: Vincent van Gogh’s Ideation of the Artist’s Plight and Destiny in Providence, Rhode Island” at The North American Conference on the Arts & Humanities. He has multiple articles published on THINK. In April 2015, Mr. Baxter was a Featured Speaker at The Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities in Osaka, Japan. His presentation explored Van Gogh’s Starry Night and the likelihood it was inspired by Dante’s Empyrean Vision.

Very much a product of IAFOR conferences, he credits these symposia with helping him find his voice in the academic community. This summer, Mr. Baxter will be traveling across Europe, researching and writing his first nonfiction narrative, Van Gogh’s Last Supper. He will be a Keynote Speaker for The European Conference on Arts & Humanities 2016 (ECAH2016), to be held Monday, July 11 – Thursday, July 14, 2016 at The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, United Kingdom.

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