God Bless America
2001 by George Rodrigue
24 x 24 inches
Signed by the artist
Sold Framed, As Is
Availability subject to change without notice.
On the night of September 11, 2001, like Americans everywhere, I sat in shock over the events the day. As I’ve done many times in my life, I turned to my easel and paints for comfort.
At 5 am I stared with my wife at the painting I’d just finished. As we looked from each other to the canvas, we knew that I’d made a powerful and accurate statement of both our feelings. We discussed our desperation — our wanting to help in some way.
I realized as we spoke that in donating the sales from a print of this painting to the relief effort, others might be comforted as they dealt with their own grief and desire to help. Created in the depth of my own personal sadness, the painting reflects the feelings of many, many people.
I first thought to paint the dog black, as if in mourning. Instead I painted it without color at all, the blue joy drained by shock and grief. (Some people have commented that the lack of color reminds them of the television footage of debris-covered people running on the streets of New York City.). For many years the dog has had yellow, happy eyes. On this day, however the eyes are red, indicating a heavy heart.
I am proud to be from the United States of America. It is in our spirit, strong in the symbol of our flag, which will mend our broken hearts and allow us to use these events to strengthen our courage and compassion. — George Rodrigue
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The original sales of these prints in 2001 raised $500,000 for the American Red Cross; all 1,000 prints sold out within just a few weeks of their release. This print has come back to us from a private collection. In the same spirit behind its creation, Rodrigue Studios will donate the gallery’s proceeds to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, an institution for remembrance, reflection, and learning, ensuring that future generations know the story of 9/11.