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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:

Monday, 14 February 2011

G D Paulraj - Mist over the Lake

Today I am adding a painting that is currently for sale of Ebay in the UK in case anyone is interested in it. It is listed under item number 1605 4384 5594 asking £495 or 'Make an offer'.  It is slightly different to most other paintings I have seen in that it is purely a landscape with no people visible.  The colours look a bit faded which is a shame.
Latest news the view has been identified as being Kodaikanal which is where the Raj family lived in southern India. Mark has added a photo which I think he took on a visit to Kodaikanal of the same lake from the same vantage point.  I do not think he will mind me adding it next to the painting for comparison.
You can clearly see the similarities with some artistic licence.


  1. Yes.. Quiet different. Colors are faded too. But still its an amazing painting.

  2. I agree...this is different from his usual subjects. Nevertheless, a beautiful work!

  3. I think it is an early work as it is of the area around the family home in Kodaikanal before Paul Raj moved to Madras. A photo of the area today as been added by Mark to the Facebook site.

  4. PaulRaj painted this many many times through his life - partly because it is where they all grew up and partly because it is a strikingly beautiful place. I expect we might see a few more of these... let's hope so.