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George Rodrigue (1983)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Biography, Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983

Duration: 00:27:35

Subjects: Rodrigue, George | ARTISTS | PAINTINGS | Painters | CAJUNS | Cajuns in art


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • L'Herisson, Sandra Photographer
  • Parker, Gene Photographer
  • James, Frank Photographer
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Breazeale, Kathryn Producer
  • Fourrier, Clay Director
  • Dupaquier, John Theme Music
  • Rodrigue, George Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from 1983 features an interview with George Rodrigue conducted by Gus Weill. Rodrigue, a Cajun artist from New Iberia, Louisiana, is best known for his “Blue Dog” paintings. He discusses: his interest in art as a child; attending art school in Los Angeles; appreciating his Cajun heritage after he moved away from home; spending a year in New York trying to find a job; moving back to Louisiana and developing a painting style; his interpretation of Cajuns in his work; the symbolism of his paintings; his evolving style; his process from idea to execution; his home and gallery in Lafayette; and his hope to be remembered as someone capturing a part of Louisiana life that is gone. Host: Gus Weill