Two Crabs

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Two Crabs
Vincent van Gogh - Two Crabs (1889).jpg
ArtistVincent van Gogh
Year1889 (1889)
CatalogueF 606
TypeStill life
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions47 cm × 61 cm (19 in × 24 in)
LocationNational Gallery, London, UK
OwnerPrivate 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.[1]

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 held by the National Gallery in London, on loan from a private collector.[1]

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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d London, The National Gallery. "Vincent van Gogh | Two Crabs | L995 | National Gallery, London". Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  2. ^ "A Crab on its Back - Van Gogh Museum". Retrieved 2018-10-14.