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Luigi Conconi, Ebbrezza


LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) EBBREZZA
Etching, 1888; a fine impression of the second state of two, in black ink, richly and skillfully printed working on the surface tone (acquaforte monotipata), on thick wove white paper. Signed Conconi in the film of ink left in the plate in wiping (the smoke of the cigarette). With large margins, minor faults, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 235 x 495 mm, the entire sheet measuring 504 x 710 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 24. This is, by sure, the most sought-after print by Conconi.
To appreciate the strong differences between two impressions of an acquaforte monotipata you can see here three different impressions of Ebbrezza compared 'vis à vis'.

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. After attending the Politecnico, he became acquainted with the literary and artistic circles of the Scapigliatura: Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni influenced his early paintings. In the 1880s Conconi moved from the Realism of Scapigliatura toward Symbolism, developing an interest in visionary themes. He received international recognition from awards 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 leaving a surplus of ink on the plate to create evocative effects. Conconi printed personally almost all his own plates.


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