• While on holiday in Angra do Heroísmo, he paints a portrait of Maduro Dias, of whom he had already done a portrait in charcoal. This was the largest oil painting that he had produced up until this point. It may have been painted in the studio of Francisco Coelho Maduro Dias at No. 37, Rua de Barcelos (formerly Rua de Serpa Pinto) in Angra do Heroísmo. Also a painter, Maduro Dias had returned from his training at Lisbon’s Escola de Belas-Artes in the same year that António Dacosta left to attend that same institution. This is the first known painting on which he signs his name as “Dacosta”.
  • Spending his holidays in Angra do Heroísmo, António Dacosta is often asked for help from his fellow colleagues at the Escola de Belas-Artes in acting as a proxy for enrolling at that institution. In 1937 and 1938 he acts as a proxy for his friend Mário Armando Oliveira Soares, another student in the special painting course.
  • Around this date he paints O Passarinheiro, a work that foreshadows his surrealist and expressionist tendencies, in a deviation from the exercises handed out by the Escola de Belas-Artes. The piece was retouched by the painter in the late 1960s.

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