The artist of this landscape, Antonio Xavier Trindade (1870-1935), was a Goan by origin. He shifted to then Bombay to pursue art education at the Sir J. J. School of Art in the late part of 19th century having being encouraged by his art teacher at a school in the princely state of Sawantwadi.
In 1907, he and his family moved to the then distant suburb Mahim to escape the plague epidemic that had engulfed the city of Bombay. The family loved Mahim’s palm groves, its grounds, vast stretches of empty land and beautiful harbour view very much akin to this landscape.
Trindade was an extraordinary portrait painter. The use of light colour scheme and the mystery that pervaded his paintings earned him the sobriquet ‘Rembrandt of the East’. In addition to portraiture, he also painted landscapes of exceptional quality.
As a student at the Sir J. J. School of Art, Trindade won several scholarships and award at the J. J. including the much celebrated Mayo medal in 1892.
Oil on canvas
30.3 x 45.3 cms.