Etching (acquaforte monotipata); a fine impression, richly and skillfully printed with surface tone, on white wove paper. Only state. With the artist's monogram and title etched. Signed in the surface tone LConconi. With wide margins, minimal faults at the margins, otherwise in fine condition. To the platemark 240 x 120 mm; the entire sheet measuring 632 x 448 mm. See M. Bianchi, G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan, 1994; cat. no. 67.
To understand the meaning of acquaforte monotipata it is useful compare two different impressions of this print (our specimen is on the right).
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.