Boudreaux Goes Courtin’
1993 by George Rodrigue
24 x 30 inches
Oil on canvas
Signed by the artist
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George Rodrigue’s early landscape and Cajun series paintings are a snapshot of a bygone era, a portrait of the Cajun culture that existed at the turn of the century in southwest Louisiana. Rodrigue continued to paint these subjects for the next forty years, but no matter the year, he always adhered to the basic rules he established for himself in the late 1960s. Rejecting the spacious sky of traditional European paintings, Rodrigue pushed the large Louisiana oak to the forefront of his canvas, cropping the top of the tree so that the light shines in the distance underneath the moss-covered branches.
With its hard edge and strong shape, his oak tree stands as a symbol for both Rodrigue’s state and his culture. In most cases, he rejected specific locales, rather painting with a sense of mystery regarding time, place and meaning. While we can assume Boudreaux is inside the horse-drawn carriage on his way to see his love, we can only speculate on the romance that awaits him.