A fine impression in black ink with rich surface tone, printed on thin yellowish wove paper. The second state of two, this impression is rich in monotypic effects, achieved by working well into the heavy film of ink spread over the plate. This enabled Conconi to achieve remarkable effects of light and shade prior to inscribing his signature in the ink. In very good condition, with good margins.
Etching with monotypic surface tone.
Signed and inscribed in the surface tone, lower left LConconi.
Mezzetti, 242; Bianchi-Ginex, no. 29
278 x 195 mm; sheet 555 X 440 mm
Price: 1,600.00 €
Conconi studied architecture at the Accademia di Brera and the Politecnico di Milano. He came into contact with members of the literary and artistic circles of the Scapigliatura – the Italian equivalent of the French Bohème– notably Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni, both of whom influenced his early paintings. In the 1880s Conconi moved from the Realism of Scapigliatura toward Symbolism. The awards he received in Paris in 1900 and Munich in 1913 led to his international recognition.
Conconi, who personally saw to the production of virtually all his plates, was the leading exponent in Lombardy of Acquaforte monotipata. This technique involved the artist drawing directly onto the ink covering the plate, prior to pulling the impression. In this way each resultant print has different characteristics.