Blue Dog Speaks

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When Cajun artist George Rodrigue began his series of Blue Dog paintings in 1984, he had no idea that they would consume the greater part of his life for over two decades, and that the mysterious Blue Dog—inspired by his studio dog-turned-model, Tiffany, and the Cajun loup-garou folk legend—would become a wildly popular international icon as well. Blue Dog Speaks is the first book to prominently emphasize Rodrigue's painting titles, one of the most important elements in the creation of a Blue Dog painting, ...
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Overview

When Cajun artist George Rodrigue began his series of Blue Dog paintings in 1984, he had no idea that they would consume the greater part of his life for over two decades, and that the mysterious Blue Dog—inspired by his studio dog-turned-model, Tiffany, and the Cajun loup-garou folk legend—would become a wildly popular international icon as well. Blue Dog Speaks is the first book to prominently emphasize Rodrigue's painting titles, one of the most important elements in the creation of a Blue Dog painting, alongside the works. Rodrigue used Blue Dog painting titles to provide insight—whether humorous or nostalgic or sad—into the human condition.
 
In an introduction, Rodrigue revealed how an idea that originated in childhood tales grew far beyond; his Blue Dogs moved beyond Louisiana into formerly uncharted territory to express larger concepts about contemporary life. His titles—such as "Right Place Wrong Time" and "Tiffany Remembers the '70s"—along with other, more abstract ones such as "All by Myself with My Happiness,"captured this shift in style and content.
 
But most of all, there are the paintings themselves, magnificently displayed, their titles inviting us to ask, “What is this dog all about?” and “What was the artist trying to say?” Even though the definitive answers remain a mystery, the titles provide a clue…
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Rodrigue is an unapologetic Cajun artist who became known in the mid-1980s for painting his Blue Dog within distinctly American scenes. Blue Dog has been appearing in his paintings since then, which translates into literally hundreds of Blue Dog paintings, each with a sitting bright blue dog staring meekly at the viewer with sad, yellow eyes. The Blue Dog has become part pop icon and part marketing success, with no fewer than five books devoted to the enigmatic pooch since 1994. This latest includes almost 250 paintings that here share the limelight with their stylized titles. Although jointly reading like a puzzling children's book, the individual paintings are nevertheless quite fresh and timely. There is an alphabetical index to the paintings, but aside from a short introduction, there are no other essays or an artist biography to place the works within a larger context. While the Blue Dog paintings are quite popular, this book lacks the bibliographic elements that would make it interesting to specialized collections. Recommended for public libraries.
—Kraig Binkowski

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454913429
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/4/2014
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,058,169
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author


The Blue Dog, created by George Rodrigue (1944-2013) is one of the most recognizable images in the world of contemporary art. Steeped in the legends and Cajun myths of Rodrigue's Louisiana upbringing, Blue Dog catapulted to worldwide fame in the early 1990s, and has never looked back. Featured in high-profile advertising campaigns (Absolut and Xerox) and on the set of TV's Friends, Blue Dog has been on an unprecedented journey—from a single painting hung in Rodrigue's gallery in New Orleans to becoming an international pop icon.
 
Four US presidents have commissioned portraits with Blue Dog, and Rodrigue's celebrity clients include Tom Brokaw, Whoopi Goldberg, Harry Connick Jr., and Sylvester Stallone. Always a crowd-pleaser, the Blue Dog series has set attendance records at museum shows and exhibitions across the country.
 
Rodrigue Studios has galleries located in Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana; and Carmel, California.
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