Oak on the Broussard Farm
1989 by George Rodrigue
Approximate size, 9 x 12 inches
Oil on canvas board
Signed by the artist
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George Rodrigue’s landscapes capture the feeling of being in Louisiana. Rodrigue thought about the elements that made the state’s landscape unlike anywhere else. He considered the oak trees that compress the sky, the bayous that cut paths through the swamp, and the dark shadows that swallow light. All of these elements appear, in some form, in Rodrigue’s landscapes, which he created in his studio rather than en plein air or outside.
In most of Rodrigue’s landscapes, the oak tree is the grounding feature, which is the case with Oak on the Broussard Farm. Broussard Farm is a real place in Southwest Louisiana, but you can imagine that Rodrigue painted this depiction of that place as a recollection rather than an exacting reality. He mixes grays, whites, and blues in this capsule painting to add color interest and texture to this landscape. Perhaps we’re seeing a sunrise on the farm? The glowing white background and tranquil blue sky make this a serene depiction of the Louisiana landscape.