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Luigi Conconi, A unpublished preparatory study for the etching Ex libris per Carlo Dossi

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LUIGI CONCONI (Milan 1852 - 1917) AN UNPUBLISHED PREPARATORY DRAWING FOR THE ETCHING 'EX LIBRIS PER CARLO DOSSI'
Black chalk, stumped. Signed LConconi at bottom right. The book in the center titled EX LIBRIS / DI PISANI; 230 x 385 mm. The drawing, unpublished, is preparatory, in reverse, for the etching Bianchi-Ginex 56.
A writer, politician and diplomat, Carlo Alberto Pisani Dossi (1849-1910) belonged to the Scapigliati. Luigi Conconi was a friend of Carlo and of his brother, Guido. For the two brothers Conconi designed as an architect, in 1897, their villa in Como.

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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