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Blue Dog

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Born and raised in the heart of French Louisiana, George Rodrigue is best known for his Blue Dog paintings. Rodrigue, who began painting in the third grade while bedridden with polio, had already won local acclaim for his rich portrayals of the landscape and people he grew up with when Blue Dog transformed the image of the original Cajun werewolf dog into an international

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1994)
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Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I first saw this book in a library I worked at in our children's picture book section. It never got read as it wasn't a children's book. But I never had a chance to read it before it vanished. 23 years later, I have rediscovered the book I wanted to so much read- and am happy I did! Having suffered a few beloved pets deaths, I think I've rediscovered the book at just the right time. It's a wonderful story and I love the paintings! Comforting tale of loss and re-finding. ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I have owned this book since 1995,a gift from an old boyfriend, and have packed it up and moved it too many times to recall. I finally took 20 minutes to read it today. I am a huge fan of Rodrigue, but I suppose I never wanted to be disappointed by this book. I figured nearly 17 years was long enough to wait. The art is amazing. Really like how the narrative unfolds. My one complaint is the repetition that occurs in both Tiffany and George's tellings. Rodrigue's philosophy about love and grace i ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Texan art collector Don Sanders shares his impressive trove of work by the late Louisiana painter George Rodrigue in this hefty, four-color celebration that makes a convincing case for pet advocacy. Much is made of the ‘Blue Dog’ series, which was introduced in 1984 with the Bayou Collection. Rodrigue used his beloved pet as a model for the soulful-faced interpretation of a “loup-garou” --Cajun ghost dog of legend that comes out by night. Familiar to Louisiana natives with his appealing gaze, th ...more
Apr 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: animal lovers, art lovers
Very interesting book, it wasn't what I expected at all. There were a lot of very poignant moments that I thought were even more beautiful than the paintings, but I was a bit put off by the way the book became very god-centered towards the end. Apart from that it was a very interesting and quick read. something I reccommend to those who like animals. ...more
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"To find her you must lose her. The Blue Dog knows the way."

George Rodrigue's beloved terrier/spaniel mix, Tiffany, became his muse and his spirit guide after she died. Tiffany and her master found peace over time through his paintings of Blue Dog.
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Kind of an "art" book with many of Rodrigue's throughout. Interesting banter between the voice of the artist and the voice of Blue Dog. A man/dog love story - but who, in the end, is really the "master"? ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Years ago when I found out about this book, I had to have it. It is very personal to me & I cherish it.
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Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
♥ When George Rodrigue's Dog passed he was at a deep abyss of loss... then she returned and he began to paint her...... ...more
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