Details: This poster is of one of C.M. Coolidge's Dogs Playing Poker pieces: A Bold Bluff. A cultural icon, Coolidge shows us again why he is the master of pop artistry. Notice here how detailed this print is. Notice the confused expression the dog's face as the courageous St. Bernard bluffs him. The rest of the gang is confused as well but the stack of chips in front of the Bernard is certainly a 'bold bluff!' Hilarious as it is beautiful.
Dogs Playing Poker is a series of oil paintings by C. M. Coolidge. All the paintings in the series feature anthropomorphized dogs in behaviors of playing poker, smoking cigars, dancing, playing baseball, and testifying in court. Of the 16 paintings, the nine in which dogs are seated around a card table playing poker and smoking cigars have become popular. The series has an appeal that has made it part of American pop culture.