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Luigi Conconi, the Murders in the Rue Morgue

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LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) A SCENE INSPIRED BY EDGAR ALLAN POE'S THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE. THE APE ABOUT TO ATTACK THE WOMAN.
Oil on canvas, pasted on cardboard. cm 50 x 19,5. Authenticated by Conconi's daughter Provenance: the artist's family.
The subject of this painting is one of the most dramatic moments of the short story by Edgar Allan Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue and surely Conconi was deeply influenced in the choice of subject by the many drawings created by his colleague and friend Gaetano Previati at the end of the eighty, to illustrate the story. Previati's influence is also evident in Conconi's choice of the vertical format and in the layout

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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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