This colour etching, titled The Couple (in which the kneeling, worshipping male clearly knows his place), is by Alméry Lobel-Riche (1880 - 1950), a French painter, engraver and illustrator.
Born to French parents in Geneva, Switzerland, he was a towering figure in French print-making. He never formed part of any school, although there is a clear influence in his work of Symbolists such as Félicien Rops and Impressionists such as Louis Legrand, as well as the classical example of Ingres.
The art of Alméry Lobel-Riche is characterized by a troubled and troubling atmosphere of decadent sensuality. His first artistic success came when his drawings were accepted for publication by Le Rire in 1895. Although he did execute some pastels (mainly of fashionable women), the bulk of his work consists of etchings and drypoints.
Lobel-Riche is particularly known for his female nudes, elegant women, ballet dancers, depictions of bars and dance halls, and North African scenes.