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:

Saturday, 6 November 2010

G D Paulraj and also G D Thyagaraj - Boats on the Beach

My friend Kashinath has sent me this photo of a painting by G D Paulraj of Boats on the beach.  It seem to be the same painting as done by his brother Thyagaraj.  It is unclear whether the were sat next to each other painting the same scene or has one copied a composition done by the other.

I think this is a great painting and I prefer it to that done by his brother Thyagaraj. However I still like Thyaga's painting very much as well. I will upload the other painting again so they can be easily compared.
It is really fascinating to see the two paintings together like this.  I think this might be my 99th posting on the blog in just over 12 months.  I have been pleased with the collection of paintings I have been able to show and hopefully have helped increase the amount of information available on these three very talented brothers.

1 comment:

  1. my two cents (pence in sterling) worth...
    As an ex boat builder and keen sailor I would never dream of going to sea in such twisted vessels. Having seen the construction of these boats closely they could have small natural twist but this is extreme. After chatting with my wife (Paul's daughter) we agree that this is most likely a 'favourite' composition that the brothers may have recreated several times. It's also likely that, as artists, they saw beauty both in the sweeping lines up to the bow and also wanted to show the working hull interior as well - artistic licence. They are truly excellent paintings capturing the fisher folks lives in one great scene. Great colours too and, as you say Mr Goldfinch, it is fabulous to see and compare the two pictures together. Well done... MR