13 August 2011

Crab Claw

Two Crabs, 1889, Vincent van Gogh
Last night I went to the National Gallery with Hermione. As it was Friday the gallery was open till 9pm, and the tourists were starting to peter out by the time we got there. I first saw these crabs by van Gogh painting on an art history school trip when I was doing my A-Levels. They were were a favourite of our slightly eccentric but amazing teacher, and so I always try and see them when I'm at the National Gallery. The colours are so beautiful - they would look amazing together on fabric in some kind of print. I have my own crab claw that I found on a beach, and together with my post card on my bedside table, the area has turned (slightly unfortunately?) into a mini crustacean shrine.