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Luigi Conconi, Giosuè Carducci


Etching (acquaforte monotipata); a fine impression, richly and skilfully printed in black ink with surface tone, on wove white paper. Second state of two. With the artist's signature in the surface tone Conconi. Numbered and signed at the bottom right, inside the platemark, in red chalk prova 45 / LConconi. Most of the chalk is missed but the inscription is well readable, indented in the paper. Titled by the artist in black chalk at the bottom G CARDUCCI. With wide margins, minimal foxing, unobtrusive on the recto, the verso lightly browned, otherwise in very good condition. To the platemark 548 x 444 mm; the entire sheet measuring 705 x 527 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 51.
The portrait of the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci has been etched by Conconi to participate in a competition organized by the Reale Calcografia of Rome to celebrate the achievement by Carducci of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1906.
For another earlier state of the print see here on my website.

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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