George Rodrigue’s Blue Dog – New Orleans
Blue Dog by George Rodrigue
George Rodrigue always had a vision and art in his soul. He dreamed that after art school an agent would find him and then his art would be shown in galleries and he would paint and paint and paint.
Man plans and god laughs.
George Rodrigue did finish art school and start painting but an agent never came along and neither did the galleries to show his work. He sold from a magazine ad and the trunk of his car. But he was an artist through and through and continued to paint.
Finally, in 1989 – about 20 years after he finished art school, The Rodrigue Gallery of New Orleans was born. In 2009, George purchased his own gallery where you can still find his art – 730 Royal Street in the French Quarter.
His early work was of dark landscapes, but he is best known for the blue dog. Inspired by the mythological creature the Loup – Garou, the blue dog is a wonderful part of pop culture.
The loup – garou is a type of werewolf. George Rodrigue thought the grey fur looked blue in the moonlight which is why the blue dog is blue.
Keep your eyes out and you can see examples all around the city. The Ritz-Carlton has a few examples in the M bistro.
The sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art has a blue dog, too!
The blue dog really travels around! The Sheridan hotel has a Steinway piano decorated with the blue dog and a blue dog hog!
It’s the blue dog hog in the Sheridan hotel! Not only is it fun art, but it rhymes. You just have to love that.
Art is a wonderful way to appreciate a vacation destination! Talk about what makes this child like drawing with bright colors so popular with everyone. What do you think about the blue dog?
Kids love art! Use the opportunity to share your opinions – you don’t have to like or understand it. Just enjoy!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist