Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Romance illustrations by Alméry Lobel-Riche
Alméry Lobel-Riche (1877–1950)
“Spanish Lovers” (descriptive title only), pair of related prints from an unknown publication (if a reader can help identify the publication and its date for these prints I will be very grateful).
Two drypoints (i.e. prints created by incising lines with a sharp needle into a metal plate without the use of acid) on wove paper.
Size of each print: (sheet) 28.4 x 19.2 cm; (plate) 22.7 x 17 cm
Idbury Prints offer a fine bibliographical outline of this artist: http://www.idburyprints.com/index.php?page=artist_view_details.php&arid=127
Condition: crisp, well-inked impressions in pristine condition with margins.
I am selling this pair of mildly erotic original prints for AU$122 (currently US$93.19/EUR85.63/GBP76.16 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world. If you are interested in purchasing these fascinating prints please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
From a personal standpoint, these sensitively executed prints are erotica from a faraway age. They are genre of illustration that would fit well on the cover of a sexy—what is commonly called a “bodice-ripper”—Mills & Boon novel. If I were asked the reason why I originally purchased them, my answer would be simply: because they are such fun.
According to the writer, Pierre Mac Orlan:
"Lobel-Riche was always an artist deeply attracted to the disciplines loving calm and balance, the female beauty dominates when it exceeded the creations a little easier for gallantry. In the world of its classic designs and scholars in their classicism, the original light is that of beauty conceived in aesthetic mythologies." (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alm%C3%A9ry_Lobel-Riche)