Apr 06 2013

Meet The “Blue Dog” by George Rodrigue from Cajun Country Louisiana

Click here for information on George Rodrigue, Cajun “Blue Dog” Artist

Last week I took a short vacation and college visit to New Orleans with my youngest daughter. While wandering through the French Quarter one night we found an art Gallery with paintings of a beautiful blue dog. The Blue Dog was depicted in a variety of ways and I decided to visit the gallery again the next day.  It turns out the artwork is that of famed Cajun artist,  George Rodrigue. He started his career painting scenes of Cajun life complete with moss on the oak trees and many people doing what Cajun folks did back in the day. One day he became inspired to paint a dog that was based on a Cajun fairy tale about a werewolf and his original depiction combined the werewolf from the story with his family dog, Tiffany,  and the color blue. Alas, the famous “Blue Dog” was born. Now George uses his blue dog as a vehicle to comment on life today. He puts him in all kinds of situations, like in Texas wearing a cowboy hat, in New Orleans with a Mardi Gras Masque, or after 9-11 with an American flag and all the color drained out of his body. The art is amazing, and I recommend you take a look at the link above.

I really wanted one of his pictures for the lobby of Harbor Animal Hospital, but I am afraid I will have to wait until I win the lottery! Dr. Rob Kaufman

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