George Rodrigue

It’s a bit of a blue Christmas in New Iberia.

Some people are complaining that the city’s Christmas lights are too subdued this year.

But the blue lights lining trees, store windows and other decorations on Main Street are a memorial to a home-town artist — George Rodrigue. His blue dog paintings became internationally famous.

Rodrigue died a year ago.

Phyllis Mata of the Magic on Main committee tells The Daily Iberian that the change from white lights is temporary.

This week on The Reading Life: Wendy Rodrigue talks about her life with artist George Rodrigue in an interview about her book, The Other Side of the Painting, recorded earlier this year.

We'll also hear from writer Ann Patchett, whose new essay collection is This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage. And I'll have a few thoughts on the literary year 2013.

Kathleen DesHotel

This week on Inside the Arts, we remember Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue. We visit with the Louisiana State Museum's Mark Tullos.

Also, we talk jazz with renowned pianist Ellis Marsalis.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

George Rodrigue Foundation

Renowned Louisiana painter George Rodrigue died Saturday of cancer at a hospital in Houston.

The 69-year-old painter started out depicting scenes from Cajun life and culture. He became world-famous, though, for his Blue Dog paintings in the 1990s.

The character was inspired by the Cajun fairy tale of “Loup Garou,” a sort of werewolf. It became the star of a corporate campaign by Xerox.

George Rodrigue, the artist who transformed the image of Louisiana's loup-garou into a pop art icon, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer.

Rodrigue took the legend of the Cajun werewolf and transformed it into instantly recognizable portraits of a quizzical blue dog framed by different landscapes.

A Blue Dog Way to Reach Louisiana's Children

Dec 27, 2012

Wander through the glass doors into the spacious heart of the tangerine building at 747 Magazine Street, and you’ll find a world of primary colors and creative shapes that speak to the child — and the artist  — in all of us.


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Well-known "blue dog" artist George Rodrigue has been re-appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to serve as the state's artist laureate.

Beyond "Blue Dogs"

May 8, 2008

The New Orleans Museum of Art caps a retrospective of 40 years of the works of artist George Rodrigue with an all-nighter!