“Blue Dog” Heist: Painting Stolen From Rodrigue Gallery
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The son of the late Cajun artist George Rodrigue says one of his father's famous "Blue Dog" paintings — valued at $250,000 — was stolen in a brazen daylight theft.
A statement issued Tuesday evening by Jacques Rodrigue said the painting entitled "Wendy and Me" was taken from the wall of the Rodrigue Gallery in New Orleans' French Quarter on Tuesday afternoon. The theft was recorded on security video being reviewed by New Orleans police.
George Rodrigue already had a following for his paintings of Acadiana life when he gained fame for his depictions of a small blue dog with pointy ears and yellow eyes. Jacques Rodrigue's statement says "Wendy and Me" shows a tuxedo-clad blue dog standing next to the late artist's wife Wendy in her wedding gown.