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, 30 March 2013

G D Paulraj - Notebook 3

This page continues the order from page 2 and it is in fact dated 29 March 1955 and the order was going to Bombay at Rs 150/- each which was the equivalent of $31.32.
The paintings are titled;
7) Field watcher
8) Under the Banyan
9) Homeward bound

A new order also starts priced at Rs 125/- titles are;
1) Camels in Agra
2) Country road
3) Village daughter

I have never seen a Paul Raj camel, I have seen camels painted by Thyaga Raj.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

G D Paulraj - Notebook page 2 - Mail order sales

I am intending to add a series of Paul Raj's notebook pages these give an idea of the prices he was selling his paintings for in the 1950s, 1960 and 1970s.  They also show one of the ways he sold his painting was by mail order on approval.  He would post a client between six and twelve paintings and they would choose a selection return the rest with the appropriate payment.  The notebooks were a way of keeping track of who he had sent what paintings and what they looked like.  It also gives an idea of the names he gave some paintings.
This page does not have a date or any prices but some later ones do. I have added a pair of pages previously so I have called this one number 2.  They are in no particular sequence.

The six sketches are titled:
1) Daughters of the village
2) Setting sun
3) Street in Madras
4) Dust and light
5) Cumlan Valley (not sure if I have read this title correctly?)
6) Through the fields 

In 1960 there was Rs/- 4.77 = $1.00 so a painting selling for Rs/- 150 was the equivalent of $31.50

Sunday, 24 March 2013

G D Arulraj - Going Home

Painting by G D Arulraj 'Going Home'.  Not sure I am very keen on this one.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

G D Arulraj - South Coast News 1964

I came across this newspaper article about Arul and his family it dates from 1964 but is interesting and gives some idea of the timescale that he was painting in the USA and when he arrived from India etc.
The article originally appeared in the 'South Coast News' on Tuesday April 14 1964 in Laguna Beach California. It states that he served in the British Indian Army between 1940 to 1947 and that he graduated with a First Class Diploma in Fine Arts and Advanced Paintings.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

P B Surendranath - Road near temple

This painting was recently up for auction by P B Surendranath who was a contemporary of Paul Raj.  Unfortunately it did not sell as it is a very pleasant painting showing a temple in the distance.  I own one painting by this artist and I have only ever come across around seven of his paintings so far.
The colours are holding up well for a painting that must have been painted around 1955.

Monday, 11 March 2013

G D Paulraj - Rainy Day

This painting recently sold for only $100 quite a low price really.  It depicts a cart convoy but this one is in the wet weather.
Not his best in my view but a nice painting with a great original hardwood frame.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

G D Paulraj - Dust

Painting by G D Paulraj called "Dust" recently sold on Ebay for $227.50 which converts to around £151.27.  It is one of his classic cart convoy scenes.
It is a very nice painting I am sure the new owner will enjoy the painting.