Along the Bayou
1988 by George Rodrigue
24 x 18 inches
Oil on canvas
Signed by the artist
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Perhaps aside from the iconic Blue Dog, the subject most painted by George Rodrigue was that of Jolie Blonde. Over the years, Rodrigue clung to this romantic myth of the convict who wrote a waltz for the woman he loved, a blonde-haired Cajun beauty who left him for someone else. George Rodrigue painted more than one hundred renditions of Jolie Blonde, using dozens of models throughout his 45-year career. At first she was placed in the bayou and typical Cajun landscapes; later she could be found in contemporary settings and even abstract environments. Her style of dress changed with the settings, but she was always simply dressed in light clothing, with delicate features, striking blonde hair and blue eyes.
Recently professionally cleaned and restored, this 1988 depiction titled Along the Bayou was originally in the collection of Susan Walden (1956-2020), an American film and television actress active from the 1970s until 2001. Best known for her work on The Young and the Restless and the Canadian TV show, Danger Bay, Walden also appeared on many American television series such as the Dukes of Hazzard, Matlock, MacGyver and Three’s Company. The painting has remained in her family since acquisition in 1988, and has come to the market from her estate. A personal note written by the artist on the papered verso is preserved.