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Luigi Conconi, La Simona

LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) LA SIMONA
Etching, 1884; a fine impression, in black ink, richly and skillfully printed, working on the surface tone with monotypic effects, on wove white paper. Signed and dated LConconi / Milano 1884 in the plate. Signed in the surface tone LConconi. With full margins, minor foxing at margins, otherwise in fine condition. To the platemark 213 x 146 mm, the entire sheet measuring 650 x 460 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 17. The subject of the print is related with the novel Simona e Pasquino, by Boccaccio. For another impression of this print see here.

Luigi Conconi was an architect, painter and illustrator. Born in a Milanese middle-class family, he was the nephew of the painter Mauro Conconi. Luigi studied architecture at the Accademia di Brera and at the Politecnico in Milan, and he used his architectural training occasionally throughout his career. Since his years at the Politecnico, he became acquainted with the literary and artistic circles of the Scapigliatura and Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni influenced his early paintings. In the 1880s Conconi moved from the Realism of Scapigliatura toward the Symbolism, developing an interest in visionary themes. He received the international recognition of prizes in Paris in 1900 and in Munich in 1913. Conconi was also a skilful and sensitive printmaker, who revived the art of the etching in Lombardy, being the leading exponent of the acquaforte monotipata, an etching printed with a large amount of ink left on the plate, creating evocative effects. Conconi printed personally almost all his own plates.

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