A split image of Matt Butterworth and Vincent van Gogh

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Matt Butterworth says he’s requested about his likeness “each different week”

Australian artist Matt Butterworth feared an extended day when he dressed up as Vincent van Gogh, travelled to Melbourne’s most interesting gallery, and posted an indication exterior.

“FREE. TAKE A SELFIE WITH VAN GOGH. (Look-alike),” it learn.

It was 10:00, and Butterworth may see few individuals on the Nationwide Gallery of Victoria, which is holding Australia’s largest-ever exhibition of the Dutch painter’s works.

However after one particular person got here ahead, his supply “went loopy”.

“I had tiers of individuals lining as much as take a selfie with me. I used to be getting hugs from random strangers,” he stated.

Butterworth posed for 147 selfies in simply over 90 minutes, at which era his telephone battery went useless. Individuals ranged from kids to the aged.

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He stated he acquired the concept after being continually informed that he resembled the 19th Century post-impressionist, who famously lower off his personal ear whereas enduring psychological sickness earlier than dying in an obvious suicide aged 37.

“I might underestimated the love that folks have for van Gogh,” Butterworth informed the BBC. “I do know he is clearly well-liked, however there’s one thing about his tragic story that folks actually join with.”

The concept was partly frivolous – “I simply occurred to appear to be van Gogh” – but it surely additionally carried a message.

“We dwell within the age of selfie and celeb, and van Gogh is now extra a celeb than he’s painter, so I believed it was an ideal mixture of these ideas,” he stated.

“I simply thought I am going to simply flip up and supply everybody the possibility to take a selfie.”

The Australian artist just isn’t the primary to get pleasure from time as a van Gogh lookalike.

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A “I’m Vincent” lookalike competitors attracted 1,250 entries final yr

Final yr, an actor from Dorset, UK, gained a global competition referred to as “I’m Vincent” to seek out the “world’s most correct” likeness.

Daniel Baker was chosen by famend Canadian writer and artist Douglas Coupland out of 1,250 entries from 37 nations.