Blue Dog Art Featured in Longview Exhibit
The Longview Museum of Fine Arts is presenting “The Art of George Rodrigue: A Retrospective,” a collection of more than 50 original paintings by the famed artist through June 25.
The exhibition spans Rodrigue’s entire oeuvre, including landscapes, Cajuns, and perhaps his most popular images — Blue Dogs — as well as selections from “Hurricanes,” a series of abstract works. The pieces are on loan from private collectors, public collections, and the Rodrigue Archives.
Born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s. His art studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette followed by the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, gave him a foundation that spawned one of the greatest success stories in southern art.
Rodrigue, who began painting in the third grade while bedridden with polio, had already won local acclaim for his rich portrayals of the landscape and people of South Louisiana when Blue Dog transformed the image of the original Cajun werewolf dog — the loup-garou — into an international pop icon.
Longview Museum of Fine Arts is located at 215 East Tyler Avenue, Longview.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.