George Rodrigue Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1970-2007

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Born in 1944 and raised in the heart of French Louisiana, George Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings and prints, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the mid-1980s.

This long-awaited catalogue Raisonné of his prints contains over six hundred lithographs and silkscreens, many of which are previously unpublished. A foreword by E. John Bullard, the director of the New Orleans Museum of Art; an introduction by Rodrigue’s archivist and wife, Wendy Wolfe Rodrigue; ...

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Overview

Born in 1944 and raised in the heart of French Louisiana, George Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings and prints, which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the mid-1980s.

This long-awaited catalogue Raisonné of his prints contains over six hundred lithographs and silkscreens, many of which are previously unpublished. A foreword by E. John Bullard, the director of the New Orleans Museum of Art; an introduction by Rodrigue’s archivist and wife, Wendy Wolfe Rodrigue; and explanatory text by the artist himself provide a foundation for understanding the prints within the personal and cultural context in which they were created.

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The blue dog stares out from the image, one ear up, paws out in front. Is it a menacing or pleading stare? Is this a dangerous pooch or a mournful one? However it's interpreted, the Blue Dog is a compelling image that has appealed to millions and has made its creator, George Rodrigue, an artistic icon. More fascinated with his Blue Dog than Warhol was with his soup cans, Rodrigue has used silk screening to replicate, in a variety of settings both real and imagined, his version of the Cajun loup-garou-the mythological werewolf imported by the French. The dog dominates Rodrigue's career and his catalogue raisonné, which purposely downplays Rodrigue's early folk paintings of bayou scenes. Neither the foreword by Bullard, director of the New Orleans Museum or Art, nor wife and curator Wendy Wolfe Rodrigue's introduction nor the artist's commentaries provide much insight into his dramatic shift of style. Rodrigue writes, "Some are offended by what I've done and especially with the fact that I continue. But that is the creative process." So despite many beautiful illustrations, lavish production qualities and the charm of the Blue Dog, the book offers little insight into an artistic obsession. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810995178
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 537,779
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Wolfe Rodrigue and George Rodrigue met when Wendy was a graduate art history student at Tulane University. She has written extensively about her husband’s work, catalogued his vast archive, and curated numerous shows featuring his paintings and prints.

E. John Bullard has been the director of the New Orleans Museum of Art since 1973. He is the author of several exhibition catalogues and books about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt.

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