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There Are No Pictures of Van Gogh as an Adult, So a Digital Artist Created Eerily Realistic Photos to Show How He Might Have Looked

Vincent van Gogh was a master of the self-portrait, but those highly stylized depictions are the only clues we have to the famed Post-Impressionist painter’s appearance, as there are no confirmed photographs of the artist as an adult.

But in a mesmerizing new art project, digital artist Ruud van Empel has created lifelike “photographs” of Van Gogh, some of which are as convincing as deep fakes. Yet Van Empel has been creating similar digital collages since the early 1990s.