Two Crabs

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Two Crabs
Van Gogh - Zwei Krebse.jpeg
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1889 (1889)
Catalogue F 606
Type Still life
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 47 cm × 61 cm (19 in × 24 in)
Location National Gallery, London, UK
Owner Private collector

Two Crabs is an 1889 oil painting by Vincent van Gogh. It is a still life of two crabs, one on its back and one upright, with a green background,[1] the work is oil on canvas of 47 cm (19 in) high and 61 cm (24 in) wide.[2]

Van Gogh is thought to have painted this work after his hospital release in January 1889, it was possibly inspired by a Japanese print of a crab by Hokusai that he had seen in the magazine Le Japon Artistique, that his brother Theo van Gogh had sent him in September 1888.[1]

The painting is on display in room 43 of the National Gallery in London, on loan from a private collector.[2]

Related work[edit]

Crab on its Back, a still life of a single crab lying on its back, is a related painting by Van Gogh. It is in the collection of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Two Crabs, National Galery. Retrieved on 11 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b Two Crabs - Key facts, National Galery. Retrieved on 11 February 2015.