Verlie Sonnier Under Parasol
1974 by George Rodrigue
30 x 20 inches
Oil on canvas
Signed by the artist
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George Rodrigue. The Cajuns of George Rodrigue. Foreword by Floyd Sonnier, Published by Birmingham, AL, Oxmoor House, 1976. p. 108
Verlie Sonnier was the wife of Floyd Sonnier, a noted Louisiana artist, known for his pen-and-ink drawings and his very popular bi-lingual Cajun calendars he produced for twenty-five years. He and George Rodrigue were contemporaries, both in Lafayette in the mid-late 1970s, and they were good friends. Sonnier wrote the foreword for the book, The Cajuns of George Rodrigue published in 1976.
Rodrigue explained this painting, and the importance of the parasol in his book, The Cajuns of George Rodrigue: “The parasol or umbrella is a very important part of the culture of South Louisiana. Parasols are used to keep out the sun; parasols are used to keep out the rain; parasols are used by older men as a cane. This girl with her protection from the elements stands under a tree which also serves as a protection from the elements.”