Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

G D Paul Raj - Milkman

I purchased this Paul Raj from an auction house in the UK after the auction had finished.  I did not hear about it until it was over and then I found out that the painting had not sold.  I made the owner an offer which he accepted and got the painting posted to me.
It is quite a dark painting but it has one of his favourite subjects with cattle being in this picture as well as the title.  The painting only cost Rs85/- when it was first sold, I wonder when this was?  The address is Diamond Cottage, in Kodaikanal so I suspect it a fairly early one.
This is the original inscription that was on the rear of the damaged mount, I have kept it and attached it to the back of the reframed painting


  1. Hi! I thought you would like to know that G.D Paulraj was my great-uncle and my family and I still reside in Diamond Cottage. My uncle decided to make a group on facebook for G.D. Paulraj and so I decided to skim the net to see if any of his paintings could be found and to my delight I found your blog. My family is delighted with your collection. Please contact me at if you have any questions.

  2. I loved this painting a lot. The village mood is captured very well. The early morning light could not have been captured better.

  3. This is marvellous !
    The painting is quite dar, but it makes the lights glow.

    Thanks GoldFinch !. you're doing a great job to keep the artist's work alive.