Crab on its Back (Dutch: Een op zijn rug liggende krab) is an oil painting by Vincent van Gogh. It is a still life of a crab lying on its back with a green background. The Van Gogh Museum dates the work to August–September 1887, while other sources date it to early 1889. The painting is in the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
|Crab on its Back|
|Dutch: Een op zijn rug liggende krab|
|Artist||Vincent van Gogh|
|Year||1887 or 1889 (disputed)|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||38 cm × 46.5 cm (15 in × 18.3 in)|
|Location||Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands|
The painting is possibly inspired by a Japanese print of a crab by Hokusai that Van Gogh had seen in the magazine Le Japon Artistique, which his brother Theo van Gogh had sent him in September 1888.
Van Gogh also painted Two Crabs (1889), a still life with two crabs one of which is lying on its back, on display in the National Gallery in London.
- ^ a b c "A Crab on its Back - Van Gogh Museum". www.vangoghmuseum.nl. Archived from the original on 2018-10-14. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
- ^ For example, Vincent van Gogh, Victoria Charles, p.155
- ^ a b Two Crabs, National Gallery. Retrieved on 17 July 2014.
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