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George Rodrique – artist
Blue Dog Cafe
My favorite place when visiting Louisiana was The Blue Dog Cafe in Lafayette.
Eating among original Blue Dog paintings was a huge treat.
Now I’m not saying that my influence in painting dog portraits was George Rodrique, but …maybe it was.
Artists do inspire each other, and of course my style is nothing like his. But I did buy 24 notecards of his paintings, and I have them in my studio.
It was 3 weeks before Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that I saw my first Blue Dog painting. And yes, I’ve loved them ever since.
Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue Memorial Retrospectives
Each exhibit includes works of art and ephemera spanning Rodrigue’s illustrious career and life.
George Rodrigue is a true son of Louisiana and the State’s greatest artist.
Born and raised in New Iberia in the heart of Cajun country, from the beginning his art was inspired and enriched by the landscape and people of Acadiana.
After attending university in Louisiana and art school in Los Angeles, he settled in Lafayette in 1967 to paint full time.
His first paintings were pure landscapes, dark and brooding, always dominated by great, moss draped live oaks, for him a powerful symbol of Southeast Louisiana.
About the Blue Dog
Seen straight on, in a static and unchanging pose, the Blue Dog expresses a broad range of emotions.
It’s unflinching gaze may show strength or bewilderment, innocence and vulnerability; he may be poised or alarmed, serious or funny. In all his many roles he has brought
pleasure and joy to countless people around the world.
George Rodrique in History
From the start of his career George Rodigue by-passed the traditional art establishment, going directly to the public to present his art.
As his popularity grew, the art elite seemed suspicious, questioning how anything so popular could have serious value. In the past decade, after many museum exhibitions and critical articles and books, that attitude has changed.
With his untimely death, we now must consider Rodrigue’s place in the history of American art.
Two other artists have enjoyed the same public acclaim and also were long neglected by the art establishment: Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth.
These three masters, while stylistically different, have similarities. Each chose to live outside the great art centers, preferring to remain in their small native towns. Each, in their own way, celebrated in their art unique aspects of the American experience. They are three of America’s great public artists.
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