Self-portrait as a shadow

Luigi Conconi
Milan 1852 - 1917
Self-portrait as a shadow
ante 1888
Etching and monotype
360 x 280 mm; sheet 508 x 429 mm

Signed LConconi working the film of ink left on the plate in wiping.
Mezzetti, 246; Bianchi-Ginex, no. 26


A fine impression, printed with black ink, working on the surface tone, on thick wove paper. The print is rich in monotypic effects, obtained by the artist working on the heavy film of ink left on the plate. In this way Conconi got special effects of light and shadow and put his signature in the composition. In very good condition, with large margins, minimal foxing

Conconi was the leading exponent of the acquaforte monotipata in Lombardy. With this technique the artist draws directly with the ink on the plate, before pulling it under the press. In this way every print has different characteristics from the others.
Conconi studied architecture at the Brera Academy and at the Polytechnic, becoming acquainted with the literary and artistic circles of the Scapigliatura; Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni influenced his early paintings.  In the 1880s he moved from the Realism of Scapigliatura toward Symbolism. He received international recognition from awards in Paris in 1900 and in Munich in 1913. Conconi took care personally of the printing of almost all his own plates.

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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