Jolie Blonde – Two Roses are Better than One
2010 by George Rodrigue
24 x 20 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by the artist
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When Rodrigue decided to create a new Cajun painting for Don Sanders, he revisited a familiar subject, Jolie Blonde. Over his career, George Rodrigue painted the Cajun legend “Jolie Blonde” more than a hundred times, using a number of models. One of the models that appears frequently in the role of this pretty blonde legend is Caroline Jones, (see photo) the daughter of a Shreveport collector, whom Rodrigue photographed extensively in a number of settings. The original painting, Jolie Blonde with Rose (1979) is held in a private collection; this second painting was altered just slightly, including the addition of another rose therefore playfully titled by the artist, Jolie Blonde – Two Roses Are Better Than One.
This work contains all the elements of a typical portrait of Jolie Blonde, including the oak tree which is cut off at the top, thus forming interesting shapes where the branches meet with the sky and the mysterious light source. She is seen in three-quarter view and wears a white dress that shines brightly against the dark background.