Original “Dogs Playing Poker” Painting sells for $650,000
by Jack Moore
Look, I don’t know a ton about fine art, but I do know this: the most important painting of all time is that one of dogs playing poker. Sure, fancy people point to “more important” artists than the fantastically named American Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. But what those people don’t seem to realize is that the mere idea of dogs playing poker is both relatable and uproariously funny. It’s relatable because many human beings are known to enjoy playing poker. In fact there’s a whole city in Nevada where people are willing to risk their hard-earned money over poker games. The painting is uproariously funny because dogs are not humans. You see, they have paws rather than hands, and therefore they are unable to actually even hold cards, let alone play poker. Hysterical!
Well, if like me you’re just a crazy CMC dog painting fan, you probably know all there is to know about Coolidge. But if you aren’t, here’s a recap of his rise to fame according to Southeby’s:
“It was after a trip to Europe in 1873 that [Coolidge] turned up in Rochester, New York, as the portraitist of dogs whose life-style mirrored the successful middle-class humans of his time. Coolidge’s first customers were cigar companies, who printed copies of his paintings for giveaways. His fortunes rose when he signed a contract with the printers Brown & Bigelow, who turned out hundreds of thousands of copies of his dog-genre subjects as advertising posters, calendars, and prints.”
And from those humble beginnings we end up at a remarkable place. Because just this week, Coolidge’s incredible masterpiece “Poker Game” sold for $658,000 through Southeby’s. Is that an incredible sum? Of course. Do I think it deserved to go for more than twice that? Definitely. Why? Because college dorms and dive bars everywhere can’t be wrong.
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