George Rodrigue (American/Louisiana, 1944-2013), "Sunshine Dog", 2009, acrylic on canvas, signed lower right, signed, titled and dated en verso, 48 in. x 36 in., framed. Note: George Rodrigue’s paintings are undeniably rooted in the Louisiana landscape, yet his frequent travels often inspired him as well. New Mexico, particularly Santa Fe, merited annual visits by the artist beginning in the 1980s, many times as a stop on his long drives to California. Much like with his oak trees and bayous, the geography of the American West became stylized on Rodrigue’s canvases, such as “Sunshine Dog” offered here. The graphic shapes and elements may have little connection to the real world, nevertheless Rodrigue successfully captures the feeling of wide open space, vibrant mountains and an enchanting sunset. Many of the distinctive Rodrigue compositional traits remain to make this late work an instant classic – the iconic shape of the Blue Dog with his feet melding into the landscape, the high horizon line and bright colors.