CM Coolidge, known for “playing dog poker”, is an intelligent man with innovative ideas and an entrepreneurial instinct about art. Born in a small town in upstate New York to Quaker parents, he did not receive formal tertiary education, but took several college business classes later in his life. By the time he was 18 or 19, he had taken several lessons in portrait painting, along with a course in bookkeeping for several years of Casino Online . his love for reading resulted in solid self-education. At the age of 19, he began doing cartoons for newspapers in the surrounding environment. A few years later, while living in Rochester, NY, he wrote and illustrated a weekly newspaper column.
Coolidge is loved and quite social. At around the age of 20 or 21, he was elected Inspector for one of the local school districts. Then, he was elected City Clerk. Around the same time, he became active in the Masonic Lodge. Coolidge had a noble plan for himself, even though most of his efforts were unsuccessful or short-lived. When he was 27 or 28, he started the first bank in the city of Antwerp, NY. He worked there for a short time, and later became a pharmacist. That; however; didn’t hold his interest for long. And, a year later he founded the first newspaper of his hometown. Unfortunately, that failed some time later.
Between work and in his free time, he will draw cartoons for regional newspapers and will do caricatures of people. One of the many complex projects is the writing of a comic opera on mosquito eradication. Interestingly, it is produced but does not make real money. He also applied for a patent to collect tariffs on road cars. Although, again, it doesn’t become that.
One consistent effort he holds is his love of comics and art. He began painting dogs around the turn of the century. Mainly, they are bought by cigar companies and used as gifts. Coolidge’s big break came when the advertising company Brown & Bigelow approached him to do a series of paintings that would be used on calendars and other memorabilia. That was in 1903. Around this time was when the famous poker painting of his dog got underway.
Over the next ten years, Coolidge created 16 paintings of dogs – seven of which depicted dogs playing pool. The other nine are dogs that surround a poker table. By placing dogs in art, but in situations familiar to the American middle class, he not only anthropomorphized them, but created an instant kitsch mode. This clearly helps the cigar and business calendar that it works on. Some of his original paintings of dogs sell for US $ 2,000 to US $ 10,000 dollars which is an amazing amount for a period of time.
Over the years his pictures of dogs playing poker while drinking, smoking, and basically having problems adorning undergraduate pads, bars, and bars across the country. The scene always evokes a feeling of something American and something modern. Recently, a pair of poker dog paintings entitled A Bold Bluff and Waterloo, are expected to go for US $ 30,000 to US $ 60,000, shocking the art world by selling for $ 590.00 for the pair.
More meaning for Friends in Need:
Some theories about art give more meaning than what initially meets the eye. One theory states that the painting Teman Di Need has a great meaning. “Coolidge’s paintings were used in the Second World War to improve the morale of Dutch citizens. The dog with the cigar being Churchill gives America help (on his left side), which goes unnoticed. Russia (the far left dog) tries to attract the attention of the USA, while Hitler (the dog with a pipe and ‘big ears’ in front of the clock) watches anxiously. “
Enthusiastic poker Jim McManus has stated, “[In] Friends in Need, blatant cheating refers back to the early nineteenth century, Mississippi boat days, when poker was primarily a series of opportunities for fur suckers.”
A specialist for Sotheby’s Auction House, Alison Cooney, said that people who dismiss the painting are merely “kitschy art” which have lost deeper meaning in his work. “This is funny, ironic take; ‘ he continued, blows in the American middle class; another way to make fun of ourselves “
Another theory suggests that the dogs were all aspects of CM Coolidge himself. Known to his friends as “Cash”, he loves a good bet and something from a dealer. He wore a hat and often held cigars, like his dog’s paintings. Other sources suggest that he looked like the Bulldog he was painting.
In a recent tongue-in-cheek article by Steven J. Rolfes, he wrote “In this iconic work, we see an amazing representation of the Last Supper, with Christ (on the left) seated to convey His wisdom to His followers . We see Judas to his right, with a silver coin bag on his pawside. ” He asserted that the painting Friends in Need had mysterious roots in a highly classified society that even preceded the Illuminati called “Before of the dogbone.”
This important understanding is one that Coolidge himself will appreciate.
After the success of painting dogs, new ideas gave him a profitable income. He began the discovery of “Comic Foregrounds”, a cartoon-sized wooden stand-up with a cut face so that someone can put their head for funny photos. He completed hundreds of them, including the famous Man Riding a Donkey and Fat Man in a swimsuit. Some of these comic foregrounds have hand letters at the bottom. He will often hire students to do it.
CM Coolidge was a bachelor for most of his life. When he was 64, he met Gertrude Kimmel, an art student who was doing some letter work for him at the time. They married in 1909 and had a daughter a year later.
A few years later, when Coolidge was around 70 years old, he fell and injured his knee. According to an account written by his daughter Marcella Coolidge, he had not visited a doctor and was paralyzed all his life. He tried his hand at writing, but didn’t take it off. However, Coolidge remained in good spirits. His wife went to work and he was strong enough to do work around the house.
Princess Coolidge also said that the painting of her dog was not taken seriously at home alone or her mother. He said that he never liked them – that it was only commercial. Furthermore, he said that they had never had a dog, but that his father really liked them. This is clearly seen in the broad influence they have in art.
Andy Warhol was influenced by Coolidge’s work. Coolidge sets a precedent for Weimaraner’s photograph of William Wegman. Today, we find Coolidge dog posters in many places. If you have US $ 590,000 or more to spend, contact Doyle Auction House in New York to see when they will have another original Coolidge dog painting for auction.