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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The Rodrigue family invites the community to join them in mourning the passing of internationally renowned and beloved artist George Rodrigue. Rodrigue passed away on December 14, 2013 at Houston Methodist Hospital after a long battle with cancer. He was 69 years old.
A public mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. The Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Michael Aymond will be officiating. Visitation will immediately follow the mass and conclude at 2:30 p.m.
Burial and graveside service will take place the following day, Friday, December 20, 2013 at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia, Louisiana at 1:00 p.m. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, 747 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or www.RodrigueFoundation.org.
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts advocates for the use of the arts in the development of Louisiana's youth through arts-integration, scholarships, and professional development for educators through the Louisiana A+ Schools program.
Statement from the Rodrigue Family on Funeral
Arrangements for George Rodrigue:
While we mourn the loss of our loving husband, father and
friend, we have found great comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and
condolences from people all over the world who were touched by George and his
unique artistic gift.
We invite all of George's extended family of friends and
fans to join us in celebrating his rich life and legacy. George will remain a
presence in the hearts of the people who got to know him and his work will
continue to inspire for generations to come.
Statement from Gov. Bobby Jindal:
Supriya and I were saddened to learn of the passing this
evening of a friend and one of Louisiana's favorite sons, George Rodrigue. His
work as an artist is iconic and uniquely Louisiana. George's Blue Dog not only
became symbolic of his work, but it became a symbol for Louisiana. This earned
him the ability to paint the likes of world leaders including Ronald Reagan,
George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
His work made him an ambassador for our state and a renowned
artist, but he never forgot his Louisiana roots. Indeed, there are countless
stories and examples of his charity work to help the people of Louisiana.
Without question, his paintings will live on, but his legacy will be much more
than paint on a canvas.
Statement from Gov. Kathleen Blanco:
We are saddened to learn of the death of our dear friend
George Rodrigue and we offer our deepest sympathies to his wife Wendy and his
sons Jacques and Andre. Louisiana lost a magnificent artist who loved and
chronicled the lives of our people. He gained national and international
attention when he painted his now very famous Blue Dog. George Rodrigue was a
personal and close friend of ours going back to the years when Raymond taught
him at Catholic High School of New Iberia. George and his wife, Wendy, were
instrumental in lending several pieces of his art for display at the Governor's
Mansion. They also found other professional Louisiana artists who contributed
to our mansion art while I was governor. His legacy is reflected in the
inherent beauty and messages of his unique body of work. We will miss him
Statement from Senator Mary Landrieu:
In many Louisiana homes next to a fleur de lis, you'll find
a George Rodrigue Blue Dog painting. It is a testament to his artistic ability
to illustrate the character and spirit of the Cajun culture and Louisiana on canvas.
While we will miss him dearly, his classic paintings will remain with us to
serve as a reminder of our state's rich heritage and culture. That is a true
and lasting legacy we can all be grateful for.
Statement from E. John Bullard, Director Emeritus, New
Orleans Museum of Art:
With the death of George Rodrigue, our state and nation have
lost one of its most unique, popular and memorable visual artists. For
nearly fifty years he created an extraordinary body of work that captured the
special qualities of Louisiana's Cajun culture, bringing national and
international recognition to his heritage and to himself. In 1984 he
first painted the loup-garou, the fairy tale Cajun werewolf, which quickly
morphed into the Blue Dog. Now a universally recognized icon, seen in
hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints, Rodrigue's Pop creation
will continue long into the future to bring inspiration and joy to an enormous,
Statement from Rita Benson LeBlanc, Owner/Vice
Chairman of the Board, New Orleans Saints:
George Rodrigue was a dear friend whose dedication to the
cultural heritage of Louisiana and the arts will be felt for generations. He is
everywhere from the statues along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie to
the Governors' portraits in Baton Rouge. His art and posters after Katrina
raised much-needed funds for relief and the Saints were proud to partner with
him to raise funds for the New Orleans Museum of Art. He was recently
honored by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, for his lifetime achievements and
contributions to Southern culture, which he was unable to attend in person.
The Blue Dog's eyes and George's style of ancient oaks with
their Spanish moss will always be a link to a big-hearted man who lived life fully
and with humble generosity including many, many people in his happy journey. I
will miss his laughter and joyous spirit. My prayers are with him and his
family who will carry on his legacy.
Statement from Clancy DuBos, Publisher, The Gambit:
George's laughter and his art were his escape, I think, from
what one admirer once called "the profound sadness" that inhabits the Cajun
soul. Just as blues singers purge their sadness by pouring it out in song,
George poured out his profound Cajun sadness every time he put brush to
canvass. That left him with only joy, which he shared generously with his
friends and family.