Well known Louisiana artist George Rodrigue has died - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Well-known Louisiana artist George Rodrigue dies at 69

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

George Rodrigue, a Louisiana artist well known for his Blue Dog painting, has died.  

Rodrigue was 69.  In a statement, Governor Bobby Jindal said "Supriya and I were saddened to learn of the passing this evening of a friend and one of Louisiana's favorite sons, George Rodrigue. His work as an artist is iconic and uniquely Louisiana. George's Blue Dog not only became symbolic of his work, but it became a symbol for Louisiana. This earned him the ability to paint the likes of world leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton". 

Governor Jindal went on to say, "His work made him an ambassador for our state and a renowned artist, but he never forgot his Louisiana roots. Indeed, there are countless stories and examples of his charity work to help the people of Louisiana. Without question, his paintings will live on, but his legacy will be much more than paint on a canvas".

Former Louisiana Governor, Kathleen Blanco also released a statement on Rodrigue's passing. 

"We are saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend George Rodrigue and we offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Wendy and his sons Jacques and Andre. Louisiana lost a magnificent artist who loved and chronicled the lives of our people.  He gained national and international attention when he painted his now very famous Blue Dog. George Rodrigue was a personal and close friend of ours going back to the years when Raymond taught him at Catholic High School of New Iberia. George and his wife, Wendy, were instrumental in lending several pieces of his art for display at the Governor's Mansion. They also  found other professional Louisiana artists who contributed to our mansion art while I was governor. His legacy is reflected in the inherent beauty and messages of his unique body of work.  We will miss him dearly".

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