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A fine impression, in black ink, richly and skillfully printed, working on the surface tone with monotypic effects. Pulled on ivory wove paper. With small even margins, in very good condition. Light trace of a diagonal crease at the verso of the bottom-right corner, unobtrusive on the recto.
For two other impressions of this print, both with a fine work on the surface tone, see Raccolta Bertarelli, Milan (R.C. V 3585) and British Museum, London (Museum number 2004,0531.36). The Bertarelli impression bears in the film of ink left on the plate the numbering pr XXXI, the British Museum impression bears the numbering pr XIII.
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. He studied architecture at the Brera Academy and at the Polytechnic, becaming 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 the Symbolism. He received the international recognition of prizes in Paris in 1900 and in Munich in 1913. Conconi printed personally almost all his own plates.