2001 by George Rodrigue
30 x 40 inches
Acrylic on canvas
Signed by the artist
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For George Rodrigue, every Blue Dog painting was different; he never tired of creating a new unique world on every canvas. The Blue Dog never referenced a real dog, rather it was a shape that the artist used, combined with other shapes for an interesting composition.
By the late 1990s, Rodrigue started having some fun with this shape and manipulated it in a way that no one ever expected. This included the Blue Dog in a bear suit, as well as Dudley, the blue bulldog that appears in a handful of compositions. The image of the “Little Dog” was also invented around 2000, and over the course of the next year or two, Rodrigue painted “Little Dog” probably five or six times. The shape of “Little Dog” remained consistent — floppy ears, swirling eyes and a tail, something the iconic Blue Dog never had. Little Dog ventured into a landscape setting only once (that we are aware) but was consistently portrayed in an abstract environment. As Rodrigue once stated, “I’m an abstract artist who happens to paint things people recognize.”