A Crab on Its Back (Aug-Sept, 1887)

Currently at Van Gogh Museum


A Crab on Its Back (August-September, 1887 painted in Paris)


Painted at age 34


Oil on Canvas

38cm x 46.8cm (15in x 18.4in)

Currently at Van Gogh Museum (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)


Delacroix, the master (which I like to call him, at least during his period), from Romanticism period was  quite the influence to van Gogh. Vincent absorbed his techniques such that this painting illustrates the theory behind use of ‘green’ and ‘red.’

Both are of strong characteristics, which forms the simultaneous contrast. This idea wasn’t originated from Eugene Delacroix, instead a physicist… (I think it was) which nonetheless has formed the basis of Vincent’s advancement in skills during his stay in Paris. There he met the robust world of Impressionism. Prior to this period, you will find heavy-toned dark brown and black ubiquitous in his paintings.




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