This is one of my favorite self-portraits done by van Gogh. His pose, position, background, and colors all are used to convey a extremely melancholy state for the artist. The colors of the background and colors of his suit jacket end up blending together, creating a wallpaper effect. Though, I believe, this is not lost on the artist. He uses this effect to bring more attention to his face which is accented with his bright red beard. Van Gogh clearly understood how to make effective compositions.