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:

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

G D Paul Raj - Banyan Trees and Women Washing in the Stream

This painting belongs to a gentleman in the North West of England who I have exchanged a few emails with.  He purchased it at an auction in England in 2007 it was called 'Banyan Trees' in the auction.
The painting looks a lot warmer than the UK at the moment as we move into at least our third week of winter with plenty of snow about causing travel problems.  The next painting is the first Paul Raj that I ever bid for on Ebay it could have been as long as ago as 2005 I am not certain.
It is a very dark subject, the lady in the picture seems to be washing something in the water, the tree roots seem to be exposed.  Does anyone know what kind of trees they might be?  I thought it might be mangroves at first but I think the tree trunks are too thick.  I was disappointed when I did not secure the painting at the auction but with hindsight I am probably glad as it is not one of my favourites.

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