Rodrigue painted Three Coins in the Fountain in the summer of 2003 in his Carmel, CA, home following a trip to Italy. The triptych was inspired by the 1954 romantic comedy, which featured the three stars of the film each throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Frank Sinatra famously sang the title song for the film with the lyrics, “Three coins in the fountain, each one seeking happiness. Thrown by three hopeful lovers, which one will the fountain bless? . . . Just one wish will be granted. One heart will wear a valentine. Make it mine!”
Typical to Rodrigue’s process, he used references from popular culture to title his work in order to bestow his vision with deeper layers of meaning. In most of these pieces, Rodrigue presented the Blue Dog asking the eternal, ever-present questions common to all people such as, “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?” However, here we see the shape and color of Rodrigue’s iconic Blue Dog, set on three different, strongly-colored backgrounds of red, purple, and yellow specifically each asking that question common to all dreamers, “Will my wish be granted?”
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