Hot Tamale Baby

Hot Tamale Baby
1992 by George Rodrigue
14 x 11 inches
Acrylic & oil on canvas
Signed by the artist

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George Rodrigue first painted the Red Dog in 1990.  At this time, he was re-thinking the idea of the loup-garou while developing the Blue Dog as its own entity, turning it slowly into something else.

Rodrigue was interested in keeping the Cajun mythical roots; therefore he thought the Red Dog might embody that darker side.  Over the years, the Red Dog shifted in meaning —sometimes as an alter ego to the Blue Dog, and showing his somewhat mischievous side, sometimes it represented love, and occasionally, when paired with a Blue Dog and a White Dog, held patriotic overtones.