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George Constant

Rock Crabs

Between 1929 and 1943 Constant painted several watercolors and oils of fish, especially crabs. Rock Crabs, which probably dates ca. 1929, isolates four crabs in the center of a compositional study of shape and color and suggests the energy of captured crabs in a trap. The green-and-blue field of color on which Constant places the crabs connotes seaweed and water, and the blue-and-white undersides as well as the varied reddish oranges and near purple of the three upright crabs indicate that Constant’s palette comes from nature. Striations in the paint echo their active small, dark, nervous legs, and their accentuated eyes warn of the menace of their strong claws.

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