ARTS & CULTURE
01/15/2013 08:37 am ET

Van Gogh Self-Portrait: Tadao Cern Gives The Artist A Contemporary Facelift (VIDEO)

Ever wonder what Vincent van Gogh really looked like? Sure, you can refer to the Dutch artist's self-portrait, but judging by the degree of realism present in "Starry Night," we imagine Vincent added a few embellishments to his personal likeness.

Thanks to Tadao Cern, we might have an answer:

Revealing The Truth from Tadao Cern on Vimeo.

All it took was a little Photoshop magic to transform Vincent's 1889 self-portrait into a still photograph. In a comment to Peta Pixel, Cern explained that with the right red-headed model and a stylist who could recreate the iconic blue suit, the project only took a day to create. The rest was just photo editing history.

"Funny that a lot of people are confused by the image," Cern stated to Peta Pixel. "Some of them keep asking me if there’s really a guy that looks so alike Van Gogh. Some of them don’t believe that it’s a photo at all. And some of them thought that I really took a picture of Vincent Van Gogh."

Alas, he did not. But the resemblance is pretty eerie, no?

See Van Gogh's sunflowers in the slideshow below:

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Van Gogh's Sunflowers

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