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Dec 14, 2013 10:04 PM by KATC/RELEASE

George Rodrigue, creator of the famous Blue Dog paintings, Dies

New Iberia native, George Rodrigue, has died after a long battle with cancer. Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings, which launched him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s.

Statement from the Rodrigue Family on the Death of George Rodrigue:

We are heartbroken to share the news that George Rodrigue has passed away after a long battle with cancer. George was our loving husband, father and friend.

George Rodrigue was also a gifted artist who set out to paint Louisiana as he knew it by visually interpreting the landscape and the rich history of the Cajun people. Later in his career his Blue Dog paintings captured hearts and minds around the world.

He was not only a painter, but also a true community leader in his native Louisiana and second home of Carmel, California. George remained an advocate of the arts and arts-education throughout his life and dedicated himself to inspiring the next generation of artists and educators through his foundation, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

While we mourn the loss of a great man, we also celebrate 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.

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