Crab on its Back

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Crab on its Back
Dutch: Een op zijn rug liggende krab
Crustacean, lying on his back by Vincent van Gogh (Van Gogh museum photogtaph).jpg
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1887 (1887)
Catalogue F 605
Type Still life
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 38 cm × 46.5 cm (15 in × 18.3 in)
Location Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Crab on its Back (Dutch: Een op zijn rug liggende krab) is an 1887 oil painting by Vincent van Gogh. It is a still life of a crab lying on its back with a green background. The painting is in the permanent collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.[1]

Van Gogh and his brother, Theo, collected Japanese woodcut prints, and he may have taken inspiration for this painting from one of those.[1]

Related work[edit]

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.[2]

Two Crabs (1889)


  1. ^ a b "A Crab on its Back - Van Gogh Museum". Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  2. ^ Two Crabs, National Gallery. Retrieved on 17 July 2014.

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