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Artists in 60 Seconds: C. M. (Cassius Marcellus) "Cash" Coolidge

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Movement, Style, School or Type of Art:

Illustration

Date and Place of Birth:

September 18, 1844, Antwerp, New York

Life:

C. M. "Cash" Coolidge did a lot of things over the course of his life: he was a druggist, a sign painter and founded both a bank and a newspaper. But he is best remembered for being the guy who painted those poker playing dogs - and half a century prior to the Surrealism movement, at that. Additionally, he invented something that carnival-goers have almost certainly seen: those "cut-outs" (plywood props with painted figures on them, into which one inserts his/her head and has a picture taken).

Important Works:

All were painted in the early 1900s

  • A Bachelor's Dog
  • A Bold Bluff
  • A Friend in Need
  • Pinched With Four Aces

Date and Place of Death:

January 13, 1934, New York City

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