The sun has always been a key element of Rodrigue’s art. It first appeared in the early landscapes and Cajun series paintings as a light in the distance, symbolizing hope for a brighter tomorrow. Soon after, the sun became more abstracted, and took the form of swirls of yellow and gold.
Then, in 2002, when Rodrigue began his Hurricane series, the swirl became an even stronger signature theme in his work, representing the energy and power of these massive storms. The swirl that had once enlivened his landscapes now had grown to encompass the entire canvas as its sole subject. Rodrigue was fascinated by the shape, and he continued to use the swirl as a prominent motif for the rest of his life.
As with his Cajun works, George Rodrigue’s titles described a scene in the simplest of terms. The paintings themselves hold narratives, and their titles often state the obvious. However, the Blue Dog is always engulfed in mystery, and the titles often became an important part of the intrigue, not only shedding light on the artist’s intent, but forcing us to look at the art, and the world in a different way.
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