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February 16, 2005

the more exalted the society, the greater its culture and refinement

France has its Monets. Italy has its Caravaggios and DaVincis. The Netherlands has all those Vermeers and van Goghs. Spain its Picassos and Goyas.

But we, the mighty US...we the leaders of a free world...we the shining light on the hill for all to admire and emulate...we have Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.

Never heard of him? Oh come on. You've seen his work in some of the finest pool halls and sports bars in the land. Your parents might even have had a print of his classic work. The name might not be all that familiar, but his indelible images are as memorable as Marcel Duchamps urinal or Botticelli's doleful blondes.

Mr. Coolidge was the artistic genius behind the 1903 masterpiece 'Dogs Playing Poker". And we love it. Which is why one of us shelled out over half a million dollars to own this cultural masterpiece.

In the artistic smackdown, I think the US will easily beat out the namby pamby "high art" snobs of Europe.

Posted by paulette at February 16, 2005 11:20 AM | TrackBack
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