1977 by George Rodrigue
18 x 24 inches
Oil on canvas
Signed by the artist
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George Rodrigue often commented that the Cajuns were inseparable from their landscape. When he first decided to add figures into his landscapes, he painted them as structural forms, much like the tree. Challenging the basic tenets of art, Rodrigue’s figures defy what should be the darkness of shadows beneath the massive tree. Instead, the figures dressed almost completely in white seem to shine from inside out, and are in stark contrast to the darkness of the oaks, thus emphasizing the negative equivalence to the tree.