Kickstarter: Dogs Playing Poker: Les & Sue Fox Launch $30,000 Book Campaign

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This is the first book about the paintings and the life of Cassius M. Coolidge.

Dogs Playing Poker was Sam Malone's favorite painting on Cheers.

Here's our Kickstarter project:

Everyone recognizes the iconic "Dogs Playing Poker" image of 7 humanized (anthropomorphized) dogs sitting at a poker table. Hardly anyone knows the American Artist who created this timeless work of art (Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1844-1934.) By the way, the actual name of the painting is "A Friend In Need." People just call it "Dogs Playing Poker." (See Sample pages.)

The book is 128 Pages, 8x10, and profusely illustrated.

"The image on the front cover of our book is actually one of 16 dog paintings commissioned by the Brown & Bigelow advertising company in 1903," said Les. "You'll find everything in our book including the artist's life story. Coolidge married his 29 year old secretary at age 65 in 1909. The book also features other Famous Dogs In Art, like Blue Dog, and Picasso's Afghan painting which sold for $11 million at Christie's in 2012. There's also a chapter about the real-life breeds pictured in Coolidge's paintings, notably St. Bernards and English Bulldogs. An original Coolidge Dogs Playing Poker painting was sold at Sotheby's in November, 2015 for $658,000. The $15 Kickstarter Reward includes Limited Edition 8x10 art prints."

"One of the reasons we decided to publish this extensively researched book," added Sue, " which is the very first book about Coolidge and his Poker Dogs, is to track down original paintings for a major art exhibition at a museum. These paintings have never been seen by the general public. While some art critics poo-poo Coolidge's work as silly, we think he is one of the greatest dog painters of all time. If you think Dogs Playing Poker isn't real art, what about pictures of a Campbell's Soup Can, or Jackson Pollock's drip paintings? As experts in 19th and 20th century art, our book will entertain you, and convince you that the paintings of the imaginative and talented Cassius M. Coolidge are brilliant, inspired and entertaining. Plus, don't forget that Dogs Playing Poker was Sam Malone's favorite work of art on the TV Show Cheers!"

The new book, to be released in November, 2016, is now available on Kickstarter until July 13th for only $15. All options includes free Limited Edition Art Prints worth $5 to $10 apiece as well as membership in The Dogs Playing Poker Fan Club.

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