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Luigi Conconi, l'Onda


LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) L'ONDA
Etching, 1896; a fine impression, in black ink, richly and skillfully printed, working on the surface tone with monotypic effects (acquaforte monotipata), on wove white paper. Signed Conconi and numbered pr 28 in the film of ink left in the plate in wiping. With margins, a few unobtrusive traces of creases and other minor faults. Otherwise in good condition. To the platemark 542 x 447 mm, the entire sheet measuring 648 x 494 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 42. Conconi intended this print to be the frontispiece for a projected edition of his etchings, but the project never materialized.

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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