Lobel-Riche, Alméry

1877 – 1950

Lobel-Riche began his artistic studies at the École des Beaux Arts in Montpelier and continued them in Paris under the tutelage of Bonnat. Success came quickly to him when the drawings he submitted to the newspaper “Le Rire” were immediately accepted for publication in 1895.

From there he went on to illustrate war scenes and other atrocities, but it was with his sensuous depictions of girls and women that he truly made his mark. No single school or artist’s influence can be found in his work, although the images suggest Felicien Rops and Louis Legrand and even hint of Ingres.

By 1931, Lobel-Riche had a body of work comprising more than 200 individual etchings, engravings and lithographs. However, his real output was even greater as he created innumerable illustrations for journals and illustrated books. He often collaborated with the great writers of the period such as Baudelaire, Pierre Louys and Valéry to create true livres d’artiste.

Lobel-Riche loved women. His sensuous, erotic portrayals of women from every class reflect his passion for both art and life.