1995 by George Rodrigue
30 x 24 inches
Oil on linen
Signed by the artist
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A prisoner in Port Arthur, Texas wrote a waltz based on the Cajun legend “Jolie Blonde” in the 1920s. It tells the story of a pretty blonde woman who left her Cajun lover for someone else. Over the years, the song has developed into the Cajun anthem.
George Rodrigue clung to this romantic myth, painting more than one hundred versions of her beginning in 1974, and continuing for the rest of his life. He used a dozen or more models over his forty year career, placing Jolie Blonde at first in bayou settings, and later in more contemporary and abstract environments.