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REGINA DI COPPE (Queen of cups)
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(Milan 1852 - 1917)
REGINA DI COPPE (Queen of cups), c. 1911

Etching (acquaforte monotipata); a fine impression, richly and skilfully printed in black ink with surface tone, on white wove paper. Only state. With the artist's signature in the surface tone LConconi. Numbered and signed at bottom right with the stylus prova 52 / LConconi. With wide margins, minimal faults at the margins, generally in very good condition. Inscribed in pencil at bottom margin Donna di coppe. To the platemark 505 x 385 mm; the entire sheet measuring 700 x 483 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 63.
According to Bianchi and Ginex the subject, reversed, derives from a watercolour by Conconi exhibited in 1911.

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.