Jambalaya: Cajun Music in Trees

Painted fifty years ago, Rodrigue’s Jambalaya (a.k.a. Cajun Music in Trees) reflects not the popular rice dish, but rather a jumbled mixture of instruments and sounds, creating the music for a fais do do, or Cajun dance.  The painting is a classic example of Rodrigue’s early Cajun Series canvases with figures.  The tree, cut offContinue reading “Jambalaya: Cajun Music in Trees”

Reagan and Gorbachev: Paintings by George Rodrigue

The Compelling Story Behind Stolen Artworks at a Moscow Summit November 2025: Ronald Reagan Museum, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois In 1988 the National Republican Party (through the Assistant Secretary of Energy, Henson Moore) commissioned George Rodrigue to paint President Ronald Reagan. In May 1988, George Rodrigue presented an exhibition of his works, including President Reagan’sContinue reading “Reagan and Gorbachev: Paintings by George Rodrigue”

Rodrigue Steinway Piano

Apr 28, 2023 NEW ORLEANS: The surprising story behind George Rodrigue’s breathtaking 2012 artwork, hand-painted over four months on a 1913 Steinway & Sons piano, with restoration by Hall Piano Company. Filmed by @douglasmagnus at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 2023.

Carnival in the Nation’s Capital:  The Washington Mardi Gras Ball

October 18, 2022-September 16, 2023: Capitol Park Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana As part of this group exhibition, experience George Rodrigue’s paintings and memorabilia related to the Washington Mardi Gras Ball, including his reign as King of the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians in 1994. Learn more at https://www.louisianastatemuseum.org/exhibitions  Also on view, Rodrigue’s portrait and sketch of KingContinue reading “Carnival in the Nation’s Capital:  The Washington Mardi Gras Ball”