Dogs Playing Poker and Caturday Art

cat inserted in Dogs Playing Poker painting
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Yesterday, I decided to have a little fun with Photoshop and participate in the Caturday Art Blog Hop created by https://www.athenacatgoddess.com/

I had this picture of Poussey on top of the curio cabinet and thought it was cute, but I hadn’t been quite sure of what to do with it before.

cat on cabinet

I thought it would be fun to cut her out of the photo and place her on something. I tried a few different building tops, including the one shown below, but nothing looked quite right.

cat on top of skyscraper
I tried inserting Poussey in this beautiful image from Unsplash, taken by Juan Rojas but I wasn’t quite feeling the way it came out.

So, I decided to change course and insert her into a class work of art, which is when I thought it would be fun to put a cat in the famous “Dogs Playing Poker,” painting.

When doing a Google search for a picture of “Dogs Playing Poker” to use, I found out some interesting facts.

According to Wikipedia, Dogs Playing Poker, by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, actually refers “collectively to an 1894 painting, a 1903 series of sixteen oil paintings commissioned by Brown & Bigelow to advertise cigars, and a 1910 painting.[1]”

The eleven in which dogs are seated around a card table have become examples of kitsch art in home decoration in the U.S.

The enduring images of a variety of dog breeds gathering together to play cards and drink beer are actually so ingrained in our culture that numerous references have been made to them in pop culture. As of this writing, Wikipedia lists 35 of these reference in movies, cartoons, TV shows and video games.

And, these paintings are not only well known, but you can bet your bottom dollar (pun intended) that they are worth big money. According to Wikipedia, in 2015, Coolidge’s 1894 “Poker Game” sold for $658,000 at an auction.

Poussey is not the first cat to show up at the poker table. There are various renditions of the original, but with cats instead of dogs, for sale by various artists as original paintings and drawings. Check out ones on sale at Etsy, for example.

For more interesting facts about the Dogs Playing Poker art, check out the article 15 Things You Should Know About Dogs Playing Poker on mentalfloss.com.

 

cat inserted in Dogs Playing Poker painting
Poussey fits in nicely at the table.

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Toronto City skyline photo by Juan Rojas available here: Unsplash