Revealing the Truth – Amazing Van Gogh photo reconstruction by Tadao Cern

Ever wonder what Vincent van Gogh really looked like? You can refer to the Dutch artist’s self-portrait, but Van Gogh’s famous self-portrait has been re-imagined as a photograph.

Thanks to Tadao Cern…

Lithuanian architect turn photographer Tadao Cern has re-imagined one of Van Gogh’s most famous self-portraits as a modern photograph. ‘I used to be an architect… but everything changed and now I’m a photographer traveling around,’ you can see Tadao Cern’s amazing work at

Revealing the Truth - Amazing Van Gogh photo reconstruction by Tadao Cern

Revealing the Truth – Amazing Van Gogh photo reconstruction by Tadao Cern

Documenting the digital process of turning the painting into a photograph in a video. Cern has also made up a humorous story about how Van Gogh himself had commissioned Cern for a portrait, which the legendary artist then ‘copied’.

Van Gogh’s Self Portrait 1898

Van Gogh’s Self Portrait 1898

“Revealing The Truth”

Long long time ago a stranger asked me to make his portrait… So I did.

I sent him the image and I never heard back from him again since that moment.

Not long ago I saw one painting and I felt that it was very familiar to me.

And then I got it – It was a copy of my photo!

I did a little research on that and it seem that the guy who draw(copied) it is quite well known around…

His name is Vincent Van Gogh and I was lucky enough to make his portrait.
Pity that he never mentioned me and I can’t find his contact now…


Explanation for people who got confused: text above is just a joke. This image is a digital recreation of the artist’s most iconic self-portraits using photography and digital retouching. The video is a comparison of a painting and my image.


While this re-creation was obviously done in jest, it is interesting because it gives the viewer a realistic idea of what Van Gogh might have looked like. 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.

Watch the video below to find out how the photographer stripped away the layers of paint to ‘reveal the truth’ it’s absolutely amazing…