Faces of Colonial India: The Work of Goan Artist António Xavier de Trindade


Author: Fatima da Silva Gracias

9789384298098 | PB | pp. 192 | 2014 | Fundação Oriente

Faces of Colonial India by Fatima da Silva Gracias takes a look at the life and work of A.X. de Trindade a versatile artists and master of portraiture.

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Faces of Colonial India: The Work of Goan Artist António Xavier de Trindade by Fatima da Silva Gracias presents an extraordinary story of the life and work of the versatile Goan painter of the early twentieth century.

A.X. Trindade (1870-1935), known as the “Rembrandt of the East” was a great painter, sculptor, wood carver and engraver, he also was passionate about music and literature. Born and raised in Portuguese Goa, Trindade migrated in his adolescence to British India to pursue his studies at the famous Sir J. J. School of Art, Bombay, where he later taught for several years. Although portraiture was his forte, his oeuvre included landscapes, everyday life, nudes, still life and religious themes. The diversity of Bombay and his Portuguese Goan background impacted his work. Several of his masterpieces are now on permanent display at the Fundação Oriente, Goa-India.

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Fatima da Silva Gracias is a Historian based in Goa with a doctorate in the area of Indo-Portuguese History. She has taught history for many years. Her books include Health and Hygiene in Colonial Goa ,1510-1961, Kaleidoscope of Women in Goa, Beyond the Self: Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Goa, The Many Faces of Sundorem, Women in Goa and Cozinha de Goa. Her most recent book is a biography Faces of Colonial India: The Work of Goan Artist António Xavier de Trindade. Apart from her books, she has contributed research papers on health, women, culture, social institutions, migration, food and church in books, journals and seminars in India, Portugal, France, Germany, Brazil and Sri Lanka. She is the Convener of Goa State Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH).


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