George Rodrigue (American/Louisiana, 1944-2013), "Three Flames a Charm", 1992, oil on canvas, signed lower left, titled and dated on stretcher, 16 in. x 20 in., framed. Note: By 1992, George Rodrigue had been fully immersed in his Blue Dog series for several years and was exploring new meaning and backdrops within his works. While in many ways harkening to the visual vocabulary of his Cajun series and previous loup-garou paintings, these early Blue Dogs allowed the artist the opportunity to expand his experimentation with color, shape, texture and humor. In “Three Flames a Charm” offered here, Rodrigue retains the best of both worlds with the Louisiana landscape behind a dominating Blue Dog at the forefront of the scene. The candles, a recurring theme throughout the artist’s career, add compositional interest against the dark oak tree and lend themselves to a witty title. The brighter color palette, strong shapes and impressionistic brushstrokes are classic Rodrigue elements and a captivating combination.