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Encyclopedia > Looks Like Four of a Kind

Looks Like Four of a Kind, better known as Dogs Playing Poker, is a 24"x36" oil painting on canvas by C. M. Coolidge and probably his most famous work. The picture has inspired varying reactions: many people find the theme interestingly ironic, some find the extreme absurdity of the painting to be amusing, while others feel the painting is uninteresting or tasteless. For instance, in the play "The Foreigner", a character staying in a lodge remarks she does not want to be in her room because "the damned painting [in there] is Dogs Playing Poker."

There was a PC video game based on the painting.

  • Short piece on the painting (http://www.santacruzpl.org/readyref/files/d-f/dogpkr.shtml)
  • A collection of Coolidge paintings (http://www.michaels.com/art/online/artistproducts?artistid=289)

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Of the 16 paintings, the nine of Coolidge's paintings in which dogs are seated around a card table playing poker and smoking cigars have become astronomically popular, being described as "indelibly burned into the public subconscious".
Already keen on painting dogs in human situations, in 1903 an advertising firm, Brown and Bigelow commissioned a series of 16 paintings from Coolidge to depict dogs acting like humans for cigar advertisements.
Looks Like Four of a Kind is a well-known painting that was a follow-on to the original series.
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