Crab on its Back

Crab on its Back
Dutch: Een op zijn rug liggende krab
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1888 (1888)
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 1888 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]

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, that his brother Theo van Gogh had sent him in September 1888.[1][2]

Van Gogh also painted Two Crabs (1889), a still life with two crabs of which one is lying on its back, which is on display in the National Gallery in London.[2]

Two Crabs (1889)


  1. 1 2 Crab on its Back, 1888, Van Gogh Museum. Retrieved on 16 July 2014.
  2. 1 2 Two Crabs, National Gallery. Retrieved on 17 July 2014.
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