Everyone knows about a collection of well-known paintings that show dogs playing poker, but do we know who painted them? The legendary painting series of Dog Playing Poker is the vision of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, known by some as “Michelangelo from the dog world.”
Why dog? Why not human? These kinds of questions keep appearing here and there. Unlike other Poker Paintings that picturing people playing Poker, Coolidge uses Dogs as the players. His paintings attract many eyes of gambling community. They were so curious about Coolidge works around the world, and finally one of them managed to get 1, although it’s a little bit pricey.
Some people might write that Coolidge’s style is not quite “serious,” his works are now many very iconic examples of classic American art.
Popularity and prestige do not often come hand in hand. Art critics have long mocked the commissioned work Coolidge did. Even in 1934, the obituary explained the most significant artistic achievement as “painting not a few images of dogs.” But a low blow was said on April Fool’s Day at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk. Posted a joke in a press release format claiming the agency wanted to show Dogs Playing Poker.
Don’t let anyone also tell us that you are too old to achieve success, fame or money. Coolidge, almost 60 years old when he was commissioned in 1903 by the advertising company, named Brown & Bigelow to create 16 paintings (for many years), nine of which were completed with the title Poker.
The most famous of the sets is a painting titled Friends that requires where the Bulldog is seen through Ace from the club with claws around the poker hand. It was clear that he “helped” his friend out because by giving him his friend would now have four access. (Is it dirty if you are not caught?)
Coolidge exploration is the earliest dog painting created for cigar boxes. Then, in 1903, the 59-year-old artist began working to “advertise” the Brown & Bigelow Company. Like Sympathy Poker, Sandwiched With Four Aces and A Blod Bluff from here he began rummaging through people by producing calendars, prints, posters and sometimes produced as part of promotional souvenirs.
Coolidge has had a new art claim to fame – he is credited as the father of Comic foregrounds, their unique carnival where tourists can stick their heads above cartoon figures as photo ops. But with Dogs playing poker catching up through sales calendars and posters, Coolidge can sell many indigenous paintings for $ 2000 to $ 10,000.
Coolidge goes by the nickname “Cash” and has been mirrored as a distributor whose resumes show many career changes. Before being painted for a calendar, he worked on hunches and homes and tried to be a cartoonist, art teacher, and pharmacist. Besides that, he also started with newspapers and banks. So maybe the pooches that always dig corners represented Coolidge’s ambitions.
For those of us who are interested in art (or obsessed with “Antiques Roadshow”), we might want to know what Coolidge’s valuable paintings are. In 2005, A Bold Bluff and Waterloo were ready to be auctioned, and the estimate was that these paintings were wanted to collect between $ 30,000 and $ 50,000. Instead, the shocking set was marketed for nearly $ 600,000 in Doyle Auctions on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The new record that Coolidge won for his painting at the 2005 auction. That reached approximately $ 74,000 for the sale of his paintings for the future of his work.
We never know, why Cassius Marcellus Coolidge prefers the theme of poker by including the role of dogs in this similar scenario. We may know that dogs give us a “full house” that cannot be described as “poker face,” and we certainly know that we have got a “jackpot.”