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.
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A painting by G D Arulraj that sold on Ebay a while ago showing a couple of men under a tree. It seems to be relatively simple painting compared with others.
It is pretty horrid in the UK this week with some very early snow, we have had about four inches today and more is forecast over the next few days. Not sure if I have seen many paintings by the Raj brothers showing any snow?
Painting by G D Paulraj recently added to the Raj Brothers Facebook site depicting some fishermen sorting through their catch. The pointed hats caught my eye as I have a woven palm frond hat which I got from Puri in India in 1967.
It is a nice painting with the steely grey sky and greeny blue sea with some colour from the ladies clothes.
The hat is not identical to that worn by the men in the painting, their hats seem to have a wide rim. My hat was in the attic and the palm fronds are still remarkably supple after 43 years.
Managed to grab a frame from a cine film from 1967 it shows me riding on an elephant on the road to Agra taken around 1967. We were driving from Delhi (I think) to Agra and we passed a man taking his elephant to a wedding and we stopped and asked if I could have a ride. On the cine you can see lorries driving past as I am sitting on the elephant. Hope you like it.
This is a great scene by Paul Raj sent to my by my friend Kashinath who is a great artist as well. The scene of the temples at Mahabalipuram in Southern India. I have found shell I purchased back in 1962 when I was a young boy, the shell has the name and date carved on it.
I think you can see one of the seven pagodas in the back ground down on the beach. I have an old cine film taken in 1962. I will try and convert it and see if I can add it too the blog. A photo of the shell follows.
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.