I got quite excited when I came home for lunch on Wednesday as the post man had put a card through my letter box saying he had tried to deliver a parcel and I was out. He had left it with my neighbour across the road. The only parcel I was expecting was from San Diego in the USA where I had recently purchased my first painting by G D Thyagaraj. I have tried for a number of years to acquire one of his paintings but had always been out bid. In the event I got the painting for a reasonable price and the postage from the USA to the UK was $33 or £20.60 at the current exchange rate. A copy of the painting can be found below along with a close up of his signature. Regular readers will know I am keen to ensure his signature is correctly read in future.
The photograph colours are not quite right but the painting is in very good condition with no inscriptions on the reverse. It depicts a bullock cart convoy on a dusty road, however there are no clues as to a name for the painting or of its age as it was not in a frame when I received it. I also found a reference a the Christie's Auction site to Thyaga being born in 1930 at Kodiakanal, this will make him the youngest of the three brothers. This is the first time I have found any mention of the year of his birth or place of birth. See the Christie's link.
I found a reference to Thyagaraj on another blog tonight of an Indian painter based in Mumbai called Sattar S. Shaik you can see his paintings at his blog they are of realistic Indian village scenes and apparently he was inspired by Thyaga's paintings when he was a boy. His work is very interesting and worth a look. Hope you like this latest painting.