Etching, (acquaforte monotipata), before 1902; a fine impression of the only state, skillfully printed with black ink, on Chine appliqué. Signed LConconi in pencil, titled by another hand Carlo Porta. With large margins, paper slightly foxed and backed with Japan; otherwise in good condition. To the platemark 282 x 165 mm, the entire sheet measuring 506 x 386 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 50.
The most famous writer in Milanese dialect, the poet Carlo Porta, was beloved by the artists of Scapigliatura. The poet has been portrayed here by Conconi in piazza del Verziere, the traditional greengrocery street market of Milan.
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.