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I cani di Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Post Mortem, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1903-1920
POST MORTEM, 1903-20

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge è stato un artista americano del secolo scorso. Soprannominato dalla famiglia come Kash, ha spesso firmato i suoi dipinti con questo pseudonimo, precisando solo poche volte il suo intero nome, dato l’effetto comico che poteva provocare. La carriera di Coolidge non nasce come artista, bensì come farmacista e pittore di insegne. In seguito ad un lungo viaggio in Eupora, durante i suoi vent’anni, inizia a dipingere dei cani attorno ad un tavolo da poker, intenti a giocare una partita.

A bold bluff, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1903-1920
A BOLD BLUFF, 1903-20

Questa serie, intitolata ‘Dogs playing Poker’ è composta da sedici dipinti ad olio, realizzati dal 1903 al 1920, raffiguranti un gruppo di cani di diverse razze che giocano a poker o compiono attività puramente umane. La metafora della sua arte sembrerebbe rappresentare il successo della borghesia dei suoi tempi. Le sue immagini sono finite su brand di aziende produttrici di sigari e poi delle stampanti Brown and Bigelow. Nel 1970, il gusto kitsch era molto sentito, soprattutto dalla nascente borghesia e la domanda di ‘Dogs playing Poker’ ha raggiunto il suo picco, rendendo i cagnolini prontamente disponibili in varie tele a prezzi accessibili.

New Years's Eve in Dogville, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1903-20
NEW YEAR’S EVE IN DOGVILLE, 1903-20

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s dogs

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge was an American artist of the last century. Nicknamed by the family as Kash, he often signed his paintings with this pseudonym, specifying only a few times his full name, as the comic effect that could result. The career of Coolidge was not born as an artist, but as a pharmacist and sign painter. Following a long journey in Eupora, during his twenty years, he began painting the dogs around a poker table, were playing a game.
His Station and Four Aces, Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1903-20
HIS STATION AND FOUR ACES, 1903-20
This series, titled ‘Dogs playing Poker’ is composed of sixteen oil paintings, made in 1920, depicting a group of dogs of different races playing poker or perform purely human activities. The metaphor of his art would seem to represent the success of the bourgeoisie of his day. His pictures have ended on manufacturers brand of cigars and then Printers Brown and Bigelow. In 1970, Kitsch was strongly felt, especially by the rising bourgeoisie and the demand for ‘Dogs playing poker’ has reached its peak, making the dogs readily available in various tele affordable.

 

Credits: http://mentalfloss.com/

Photo credits: http://www.dogsplayingpoker.org/gallery/coolidge/