More About Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s Dogs Playing Poker
A series of 18 paintings by American pop-artist Coolidge represents cartooned and humanized dogs. They can be seen enjoying the game of poker.
This is a very famous painting series from the US pop-art plethora. It’s enlisted in the pantheon art category alongside Magnum Opus like Mona Lisa and Starry Night.
Other pioneers in this list include artworks from Michelangelo and Botticelli.
The artist have amalgamated a few elements in order to portray the dogs in a very human form. Some of them are cigars, whiskey glasses, smoke pipes, spectacles and beer bottles.
This painting was crafted and commissioned in 1903 to advertise cigars in New York.
The overall tone of the painting looks well balanced and regulated. The table lights make the subjects more visible and outlined. Even small objects like poker coins, glasses and cards can be distinguished with a lot of ease.
The dogs depicted in the painting are of different breeds. However, Saint Bernard can be seen in majority. Apart from it, Doberman pinscher and French Bulldog.
Coolidge has drafted these dogs with a lot of detailing that they appear to be engaged in playing poker just like humans. Artist’s expertise in animating dogs on the canvas comes from his past work experience as a cartoonist for different newspapers in New York.
Coolidge did not receive any formal training as an artist, he started working as an amateur artist in his early twenties. From there he started analyzing and drafting animals like human characters.
It’s a very unimaginable kind of scenario, but that is the beauty of art. It has the audacity to move the margins and visualize unrealistic and unimaginable scenarios with ultimate precision and beauty.
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