Baton Rouge, LA — Governor Bobby Jindal issued a statement Saturday evening on the passing of Louisiana's Artist Laureate, George Rodrigue.
"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," said Jindal. "George's Blue Dog not only became symbolic of his work, but it became a symbol for Louisiana. This earned him the ability to pain 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 pain on a canvas."