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Celebrating António Xavier Trindade on his 147th anniversary

Fundação Oriente Delegation in Goa

Celebrating António Xavier Trindade on his 147th anniversary

To invoke António Xavier Trindade’s 147th annibersay, the Delegation of Fundação Oriente in Goa organized the conference Celebrating António Xavier Trindade on his 147th Birthday. For this purpose, six Goan personalities were invited to choose one work from the Trindade Collection and explore it significance and open new paths for the interpretation of the Goan artist legacy.

Before an audience of fifty attendees, the Delegate of Fundação Oriente in India briefly described the process that lead to the donation of the Trindade Collection to Fundação Oriente and the adaptation of the building in Goa to host the works of António Xavier Trindade.

The Goan historian Dra. Fátima da Silva Gracias introduced the life and work of the painter, followed by an interesting interpretation of AXT several spheres by Professor Kambli. His inner life where he only used sober tones and very little colour (Self-portrait in green); his personal life where he used bold and warm colours to express emotion and life (Dolce fare niente – A portrait of his wife Florentina); his exterior life where the painter used a more conservative palette but full of meaning (Goan Beggar).

The journalist Pamela de Mello, presented a very warming and personal interpretation of Family by lamplight and elaborate on how this work portrays an era and the artist’s social circumstances.
Professor Isabel de Santa-Rita Vás dedicated her intervention to the portrait of John, the cook and how this work speaks of the humanist character of the author, in a time where servants and masters wouldn’t interact beyond household meters. 
Mr. Vivek Menezes, reputed Goan writer, discussed the innovative character of António Xavier Trindade work and how it opened the door for the modernism in the Subcontinent.

To conclude the writer Jéssica Faleiro, gave voice to the short story by Dr. Benedito Ferrão inspired by the painting Esther Reclining.