I. M. Looken takes a stab at ArtSpeak...
The main elements that Vincent van Gogh used in this self-portrait are contrast and texture. The blue background and the blue shirt blend together. This makes van Gogh's yellowy-green face and orange hair stand out in clear contrast. The thick paint gives a texture to the painting. It bumps out so much that you can see a path to the pattern. This makes a rhythm in the painting. Van Gogh clearly used the elements of design in his self-portrait.
(since this isn't saved, do you want to print or save it?)
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