Connect with us

DailyArtMagazine.com – Art History Stories

It’s a Dog’s Life According to Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Just Weird

It’s a Dog’s Life According to Cassius Marcellus Coolidge

Have you ever imagined a world dominated by animals? Have you read Orwell’s Animal Farm and wondered what it would be like to live in such a world? Well, then brace yourselves for Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s dog’s life!

1. His Station and Four Aces

Hisstationand4aces-coolidge
Dogs of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, His Station and Four Aces, 1903, oil on canvas.

Coolidge was an American artist born in 1844 in Antwerp, New York. He worked as a sign painter, druggist, farmer. Although he didn’t have formal art training, he made caricatures for newspapers and oil paintings. Yet he is most famous for his anthropomorphic depictions of dogs.

2. Poker Game

Cassius_Marcellus_Coolidge_-_Poker_Game_(1894)
Dogs of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, Poker Game, 1894, oil on canvas.

He made a series of sixteen paintings depicting dogs in situations typical for humans. He showed them dancing, playing baseball or poker, or travelling.

3. Sitting up with a Sick Friend

il_fullxfull.274090326
Dogs of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, Sitting up with a Sick Friend, 1903, oil on canvas.

In 1903 Coolidge began working for an advertising company Brown & Bigelow. He painted oil paintings which later became distributed as hundreds of thousands of posters, calendars and leaflets. Many tobacco firms got interested in his work and bought the copies to give them out as advertising freebies.


You will find more of these funny Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s paintings here. There are not only the dogs playing cards but also celebrating the New Year’s Eve, playing pool, being in a court, cheering for their favorite football team and many more!


If you feel like getting to know more about dogs in art, here are some nice reads:


Magda, art historian and Italianist, she writes about art because she cannot make it herself. She loves committed and political artists like Ai Weiwei or the Futurists; like Joseph Beuys she believes that art can change us and we can change the world.

Comments

More in Just Weird

  • Animals

    The Lady with the Dog

    By

    The Lady with the Dog is a title that I borrowed from Chekhov’s short story. It is a story of an affair, however, in art the dog quite often has been a symbol of fidelity. As you will also see below, dogs also have been symbols...

  • 20th century

    Jeff Koons and His Balloon Dogs

    By

    What do Jeff Koons, Jay Z, Christie’s, and clowns have in common? Balloon dogs! Read how an artwork looking like a huge toy hit USD 58.4m at a Christie’s auction becoming one of the most expensive artworks by a living artist ever sold at auction. Jeff...

  • 20th century

    Max Ernst and Birds: A Relationship Explained Through Paintings

    By

    Max Ernst (1891–1976) was a prolific German avant-garde artist. He was a pioneer in the early 20th century movements of Dada and Surrealism and developed a number of inventive artistic techniques. Ernst had the ability to make the unbelievable believable through his art. For this reason,...

  • Dogs in Paintings Dogs in Paintings

    Animals

    See a Man About a Dog: Dogs in Paintings

    By

    The title sentence is a charming English euphemism, usually used to apologize for one’s imminent departure or absence—generally to conceal one’s true purpose, such as going to use the toilet or going to buy a drink. We, however, will not dwell on that meaning, instead, we...

  • Animals

    Great Artists’ Dachshund Muses

    By

    Did you know that some of the world’s most celebrated artists and performers have been dachshund owners? This extensive list of elite creatives includes Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Kelsey Grammar, Leonard Nimoy, Marylin Monroe, Marlin Brando, Pierre Bonnard… and the list goes on and on!! We...

To Top

Just to let you know, DailyArt Magazine’s website uses cookies to personalise content and adverts, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic. Read cookies policy