NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans police have recovered the Blue Dog painting, worth a quarter of a million dollars, reported stolen Tuesday.
Investigators in Eighth District have authenticated the "Wendy and Me" painting and a print. The "Wendy and Me" shows the late artist as a Blue Dog with his wife, Wendy. Rodrigue's son says the painting is worth $250,000.
Surveillance cameras at the gallery captured the theft. A man walks in just after 3 p.m. at the gallery in the French Quarter. He looks around and then simply takes the painting off the wall and walks out.
A group of friends, also band members of Stereo Fire Empire, said they found two paintings outside the Rib Room at the Omni Royal Hotel later that night. One of those paintings was "The Wendy and Me." They brought it to police.
The other painting was a numbered print. Jaques Rodrigue, George's son, said it is the kind of print they would give to a non-profit. Investigators said it was given to non-profit, but they are still trying to determine where it came from.
"Wendy and Me" was found in good condition with a bent frame. The painting usually hangs in the Rodrigue household, but was at the gallery as part of a memorial to George, who died in 2013.
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