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Dec 14, 2013 10:27 PM by release

Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco on the death of George Rodrigue

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 dearly.

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