Luigi Conconi

Italian , 1852 - 1917

Luigi Conconi was an architect, painter and illustrator. He studied architecture at the Accademia di Brera and at the Politecnico in Milan, and he used his architectural training occasionally throughout his career. Since his years at the Politecnico, he became acquainted with the literary and artistic circles of the Scapigliatura: Tranquillo Cremona and Daniele Ranzoni influenced his early activity. In the 1880’s Conconi moved from the realism of Scapigliatura toward Symbolism, developing an interest in visionary themes. He received international recognition by winning prizes in Paris in 1900 and in Munich in 1913. Conconi became a well know painter but also a skillful and sensitive printmaker, who revived the art of the etching in Lombardy, being the leading exponent of the ‘acquaforte monotipata’, an etching printed with a large amount of ink left on the plate, creating evocative effects. Conconi personally printed almost all his own plates.

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