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2013-12-15 05:18:01 PM
I used to paint like that. Then I went to the first grade when I reached the age of six.
 
2013-12-15 05:47:01 PM
Did he dye himself blue, or was he born like that?
 
2013-12-15 05:49:02 PM
 
2013-12-15 06:47:58 PM
With Thomas Kinkade and the Blue Dog guy gone, I don't see how the fine art world can endure.
 
2013-12-15 07:17:49 PM

jaytkay: With Thomas Kinkade and the Blue Dog guy gone, I don't see how the fine art world can endure.


Really? You're lumping Rodrigue in with Thomas Kinkade?

/I lump Rodrigue with William Wegman and Stephen Huneck. I'm a fan of all three dog-dudes.
 
2013-12-15 07:20:40 PM

TV's Vinnie: I used to paint like that. Then I went to the first grade when I reached the age of six.


when you discovered how to stay in the lines in coloring books of Scooby-doo? Or was that in high school?
 
2013-12-15 07:25:21 PM
With Peter O'Toole, and Ray Price (apparently, he's still alive, but it doesn't seem like for long), that's three.
 
2013-12-15 07:31:34 PM
Shame he died. But as a local, I never understood what people saw in that damn blue dog. Everyone I know in Acadiana talks as though he was the bee's farkin knees, but I wouldn't know why just by looking at his work.
 
2013-12-15 07:43:44 PM

Six_By_Nine: With Peter O'Toole, and Ray Price (apparently, he's still alive, but it doesn't seem like for long), that's three.


And now Joan Fontaine, so she's three just for today.  Also, Tom Laughlin from Billy Jack.  Sheesh.
 
2013-12-15 07:46:57 PM

TV's Vinnie: I used to paint like that. Then I went to the first grade when I reached the age of six.


I own several original Rodrigue's that do not feature the dog, but feature typical Cajun life, and they are amazing.  The dog was a way for him to earn money and do the art he liked.
 
2013-12-15 09:06:39 PM

jaytkay: With Thomas Kinkade and the Blue Dog guy gone, I don't see how the fine art world can endure.


somuchwin.jpg
 
2013-12-15 11:06:25 PM
FTFA: Louisiana Artist Behind 'Blue Dog' Paintings Dies At 69

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2013-12-16 12:59:32 AM
FTFA: "That turned into the Blue Dog and he said at the beginning of that period, he heard many nay-sayers, telling him that such popular art would ruin his reputation."

It isn't that it was popular art, it is that he unimaginatively milked one trick for all it was worth and then some, in a boring pandering Larry-the-Cable-Guy way. So he's "Blue Dog Painter" instead of a name. That wasn't a necessary part of creating popular art.

/hated the blue dog
//liked his work
 
2013-12-16 01:29:00 AM
I met him at a Cajun festival in CA. His paintings were charming and he was a pretty nice guy. I had a good conversation with him.

He wasn't a Matisse or Picasso. He was a commercially popular artist who did unoffensive decorative stuff. Nothing wrong with that.
 
2013-12-16 08:58:51 AM
George was a cool guy. He always intimidated me because he looked grumpy, but he was really a nice man. I remember going to Carmel and seeing him. He was picking out Blue Dog purses to sell in his gallery. It was so funny to have this huge surly looking dude asking me which purse I think people would like more.

To those of you who dislike the Blue Dog and think that's all there is to him, I encourage you to check out his older work that featured the Cajuns. It's really good stuff. He will be missed.

My condolences to his family and to André, wherever you are. I should have been a lot nicer to you. I'm so sorry for your loss.
 
2013-12-16 09:52:27 AM
Local here:

I also don't get the love for the Blue Dog series, but I understand it completely. He found a way to make a bunch of money painting some fairly simple works to fund his other works which were a lot more sophisticated. He even went so far as to have "The Blue Dog Cafe" in Lafayette. It has average food, but there is nothing wrong with the set up. Good for him to make his money while he could. As mentioned above the earlier work was pretty darn good and those are the ones hanging on our family walls.
 
2013-12-16 10:06:57 AM
I have a bottle of Ronsonol that George doodled on when he was in town for an exhibit. No way to verify or profit from it, but CSB.
 
2013-12-16 02:54:49 PM

NicoFinn: George was a cool guy. He always intimidated me because he looked grumpy, but he was really a nice man. I remember going to Carmel and seeing him. He was picking out Blue Dog purses to sell in his gallery. It was so funny to have this huge surly looking dude asking me which purse I think people would like more.

To those of you who dislike the Blue Dog and think that's all there is to him, I encourage you to check out his older work that featured the Cajuns. It's really good stuff. He will be missed.

My condolences to his family and to André, wherever you are. I should have been a lot nicer to you. I'm so sorry for your loss.


I was waiting for you to show up.   The cajun work is phenom, but it one of those things where you really have to understand the culture to understand the work.

//its hard out there for a coonass
 
2013-12-16 03:24:59 PM
Found a gimmick and ran with it. Not great, but made him a living.

Sadder to me, but not farkworthy, is Alan Eskew principle of the best architecture firm in n.o. died last week just a couple days before his firm was named firm of the year by the a.i.a.

Good dude and did good modern architecture in a place that doesn't always want to look forward.

/no one cares
 
2013-12-16 04:41:06 PM

Born to Die: /I lump Rodrigue with William Wegman and Stephen Huneck. I'm a fan of all three dog-dudes.


all we need now is a moon-dude and we'd have one helluva t-shirt!
 
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