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Selected Works from the Trindade Collection open to the public in Goa

NEW PERMANENT EXHIBITION

Selected Works from the Trindade Collection open to the public in Goa

The Trindade Collection was donated to Fundação Oriente by the Esther Trindade Trust in 2004. This collection includes works by the renowned Goan painter António Xavier Trindade (1870-1935) and that of his daughter Ângela Trindade (1909-1980), also an accomplished artist.

Since 2012, the works of António Xavier Trindade have been permanently exhibited at the Fundação Oriente Delegation in Goa, constituting one of the central points of its local engagement and contribution to Goa’s vibrant cultural life.

Selected Works from the Trindade Collection
On the occasion of António Xavier Trindade’s 150th birth anniversary in 2020, Fundação Oriente organized the present exhibition. Selected Works from the Trindade Collection introduces a new narrative to accompany the Trindade Collection and adds a considerable number of recently restored paintings that have never been displayed before. For the first time, Ângela Trindade’s work is also permanently exhibited, allowing the viewer to understand the creative exchange between the two artists, one that transcends their family ties.

The exhibition is divided into four main sections. The first dedicated to António Xavier Trindade early works and domestic scenes in oil on canvas. The second section includes depictions of simple folk and traditional characters portraying daily life and rituals of the several communities present in the Indian Subcontinent. The following section adds another interesting dimension to the artist’s work for its documental significance and distinct artistic approaches. AXT’s mastery of watercolour and drawing can also be found in  and among newly restored works present in this exhibition.

The last section is dedicated to the works of Ângela Trindade, António Xavier Trindade’s daughter and artistic descendant. Through this selection of paintings one can observe the younger Trindade’s growth as an artist. Her early works were immensely influenced by her father’s aesthetic and her western education. In time, she chose to combine Christian spirituality with traditional Indian styles. Finally, in her mature stage, the artist established  her own voice and style which came to be known as Trindadism.

The legacy of António Xavier and Ângela Trindade spans across more than a hundred years of intense political and social change in the Indian Subcontinent and, to a great extent, it represents the diverse influences and the remarkable artistic tendencies found in the 20th century Indian arts.