'Official' presidential portrait of Obama in infamous tan suit raises eyebrows -- but it's not real

This weekend, social media was going nuts over a portrait of former President Barack Obama.

The image, which shows the president in a tan suit that he had gotten flack for wearing during his presidency, was making the rounds on Facebook as people claimed that it was the official presidential portrait and speculated about why that suit, of all suits, was the one that Obama chose for the official look.

However, it turns out that portrait, which was painted by Dutch artist Edwin van den Dikkenberg, is not the official one, though it is for sale.

"I'm very pleased to hear that my portrait of Barack Obama appeared on Twitter!" the artist told BuzzFeed News. "I wish I had the opportunity to paint the official portrait but that's not the case."

See Obama in his infamous tan suit:

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama approaches the podium to make a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama spoke on various topics including possible action against ISIL and immigration reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, August 28, 2014. Obama said Thursday it was plain for the world to see that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine. Obama said in a press briefing he planned to host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in September to discuss the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, August 28, 2014. Obama said Thursday it was plain for the world to see that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine. Obama said in a press briefing he planned to host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in September to discuss the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama speaks Thursday August 28 2014 on the situation in Ukraine in the Press Briefing Room of the White House .President Obama said that Russia is responsible for the violence In Eastern Ukraine. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/WHITE HOUSE POOL (ISP POOL IMAGES)/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama holds a press conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC, August 28, 2014. Obama said Thursday it was plain for the world to see that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine. Obama said in a press briefing he planned to host Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the White House in September to discuss the escalating crisis. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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"As an artist I am always hoping for something like this to happen! And as a professional portrait painter it would be a great honor to paint the president," he added.

Blake Green, who posted the image on Facebook, where it went viral, admitted that he didn't find out the truth until after it had already exploded on social media.

"After I found out that it actually wasn't, the photo had gone viral," he said, explaining that he had posted it because he read on his Facebook News Feed that it was the official portrait.

FLASHBACK: Obama's first 100 days

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Obama signs order to close Guantanamo Bay facility

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Obama vows to withdraw most troops from Iraq by August 2010

(Photo credit AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama makes it easier for women to sue for job discrimination

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Obama reverses a ban on stem cell research

(Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images)

Obama signs children's health initiative into law

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama forces GM CEO to resign

(Photo credit should read NICHOLAS RATZENBOECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama reaches out to the Muslim world

(Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama moves to ease tensions with Cuba, signals talks with Castro

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Obama traveled to Europe and Latin America

(Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama set aside huge tracts of wilderness for federal protection

(Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Obama authorized SEAL mission to take out Somali pirates

(Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

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