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
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.