• He completes the 18 sections that make up the special painting course (final grades announced on 27 July 1940). His results for the special course were particularly good in the theoretical areas of History and Art History.
  1. Elements of Descriptive Geometry; Perspective; Theory of Shadows – 14 marks (1936)
  2. Ornamental Styles; Natural Ornamentation; Comparative Study (drawing and modelling) – 16.5 marks (18 in drawing and 15 in modelling) (1936)
  3. Ancient Figure Drawing (head and torso) – 16 marks (1936)
  4. History; Historical Geography; Ethnography – 18 marks (1936)
  5. Ancient Figure Drawing (statues) – 11 marks (1937)
  6. Life Drawing – 13 marks (1937)
  7. Modelling Ancient Forms (head and torso) (sculpture) – 14 marks (1937)
  8. History of Art in Antiquity – 16 marks (1937)
  9. Osteology and Mythology – 16 marks (1937)
  10. Stylisation; Ornamental Composition – 14 marks (1938)
  11. Life Drawing: Sketching Movement; Drawing from Memory (cultivating visual memory) – 12 marks (1938)
  12. Chiaroscuro Painting – 14 marks (1938)
  13. History of Medieval and Modern Art – 15 marks (1938)
  14. Morphology; Elements of Anthropology; Imitation – 17 marks (1938)
  15. Life Drawing; Sketching Movement; Drawing from Memory (cultivating visual memory) – 13 marks (1939)
  16. Still Life; Drapery; Heads; Practical Study of the Techniques of the Great Masters – 14 marks (1939)
  17. Basic History of Classic Literature and Portuguese Literature – 14 marks (1939)
  18. Architectural orders and plans (line drawings and watercolours) – 10 marks (1940; final section completed and grade announced on 27 July 1940)
  • On 14 September Dacosta enrolls on the Advanced Painting Course, but does not complete it, with his report from that year stating that he “did not attend this course”.
  • He spends the summer at the house of António Pedro in Moledo, in the Minho region, which has a beach near the Spanish border. His contact with fugitives hounded by the Franco regime during the Spanish Civil War makes an impression on him. This has an impact on the painting that he goes on to produce for the exhibition at the Casa Repe.
  • Between 11 and 23 November he, António Pedro and the English abstract sculptor Pamela Boden exhibit their work in the premises of a furniture store that is being liquidated: Casa Repe (later Nina’s Bar, today Rock in Chiado) at No. 7, Rua Paiva de Andrada, near the Chiado district. António Pedro and Dacosta met Pamela Boden, who was passing through Lisbon at the time, through Aninhas de Conta Colaço, Tomás Ribeiro Colaço’s sister and Dona Olga Morais Sarmento’s friend, in whose luxurious Parisian house Dacosta would later spend his first few years in the French capital.

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