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Luigi Conconi, neve sui tetti


Etching, between 1885 and 1896; an extremely fine impression, in black ink, printed on the thick and absorbent white wove often used by the artist. Signed LConconi in the film of ink left in the plate in wiping. With large margins, in fine condition. In this print there is a limited part etched and the effects of strong brightness of the snow are obtained working on the film of ink left on the plate (acquaforte monotipata). To the platemark 125 x 226 mm, the entire sheet measuring 340 x 463 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 39.
As noted by Bianchi and Ginex this print depicts the landscape seen by Conconi from his studio in Via San Paolo in Milan. On the left we see the dome of the San Carlo church.

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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