Dogs Playing Poker

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"Dogs Playing Poker" refers to a series of sixteen oil paintings by C. M. Coolidge, commissioned in 1903 by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars. All the paintings in the series feature anthropomorphized dogs.

[edit] Paintings

The titles in the "Dogs Playing Poker" series proper are:

  • A Bold Bluff (originally titled Judge St. Bernard Stands Pat on Nothing)[1]
  • A Friend in Need
  • His Station and Four Aces
  • Pinched with Four Aces
  • Poker Sympathy
  • Post Mortem
  • Sitting up with a Sick Friend
  • Stranger in Camp
  • Waterloo (originally titled Judge St. Bernard Wins on a Bluff)[1]

These were followed in 1910 by a similar painting, Looks Like Four of a Kind. Some of the compositions in the series are modeled on paintings of human card-players by such artists as Caravaggio, Georges de La Tour, and Paul Cézanne.[1]

[edit] Cultural references

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 McManus, James. "Play It Close to the Muzzle and Paws on the Table," New York Times (December 3, 2005).
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