Dogs Playing Poker

Dogs Playing Poker is a series of 16 oil-paintings by C. M. Coolidge created in 1903. They were commissioned by Brown & Bigelow for a cigar advertisement campaign.

Nine of the 16 paintings show dogs seated around a card table. They have been widely reproduced and have gained a reputation in theUSas mainly working class taste in home decoration. Nevertheless, two of the original paintings were sold as a pair for almost $600,000 in an auction in 2005.

The series was followed in 1910 by another series featuring anthropomorphized dogs. In these paintings the compositions are modeled on paintings of human card players by such painters as Cezanne, Caravaggio and George de la Tour.

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