Two Crabs

Image courtesy of the National Gallery

So today I’m sharing my favorite Van Gogh painting. Two crabs, 1889. It’s displayed in the National Gallery in London right next to the super famous Sunflowers, which I think is a shame because it gets overlooked a lot. There’s usually a huddle of tourists trying to look at the Sunflowers hiding it. So if you do happen to visit the National gallery don’t miss out on it.

And now a bit of the history behind this painting. It is believed that Van Gogh was inspired by a woodcut by Hokusai  that he saw in a book his brother sent him the same year this painting was made. This isn’t the only crab painting by Van Gogh, there is another one in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam but I didn’t get a chance to see that one in real life yet.

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