Antonio Xavier TRINDATE (1870-1935) ✿

Antonio Xavier Trindade (1870-1935) was an important indian painter of the Bombay School in the early 20th century. Trindade was born in Sanguem, Goa (India) in 1870 of Catholic parents. Trindade’s early education was in Sawantwadi.
Moving first to Sawantwadi and then to Bombay as a teenager, he studied art at the Sir J.J. School of Art in Bombay alongside artists like M.V. Dhurandar, and later taught at the same institution as one of its first Indian faculty members. Trindade specialized in portraits and took on several commissions which helped him supplement his income from teaching. His oeuvre included landscapes, everyday life, female scenes, still lifes, and religious paintings. He also excelled at other media such as wood carving, engraving and sculpture. In 1920, Trinidade won the Gold medal of the Bombay Art Society for his painting Flora which shows a reclining model. Trindade’s wife Florentina posed for this work. Intimate studies of this nature won him the title 'Rembrandt of the East' from his contemporaries. In later years Trinidade had diabetes, and had his gangrenous legs amputated as a result. His final painting was a picture of Jesus called Ecco Homo. Trindade died on 16 March 1935.

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