AMOR MATERNO

Luigi Conconi
Milan 1852 - 1917
AMOR MATERNO
Etching
To the platemark 332 x 226 mm, the full sheet measuring 400 x 278 mm

Signed in pencil bottom left L Conconi, dedicated in pen Alla gentile signora Maginoni / e ai suoi buoni e bei bambini.

Provenance: Private Collection.

References:
Amalia Mezzetti, L’acquaforte lombarda nella seconda metà dell’800, Milan 1935; p. 174, no. 220.
M. Bianchi – G. Ginex, Luigi Conconi incisore, Milan 1994; no. 43.

Our print is an important addition to the artist's catalogue.


The etching is an artist’s proof hitherto unknown, extensively touched with brush and grey ink to create new shadows. Compared to the final state, our impression precedes several burnishing and etching interventions, such as the elimination of the leaf to the left and the remaking of the index finger of the mother's left hand. The print is pulled on Japanese paper. The proof was used by the artist to define the  work in view of its final state. To the platemark 332 x 226 mm, the full sheet measuring 400 x 278 mm

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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