The poetry of Paul Verlaine, especially the more intimate of his poems, seemed to have particular appeal for illustrators during the 1940s. Parallèlement was Verlaine’s seventh poetry collection, published in 1889 by Léon Vanier with an extended edition in 1894. It includes poems about intimate friendship, including specifically gay and lesbian love. It is impossible to know to what extend these subjects interested Alméry Lobel-Riche in his own life, but at a time when he was working in a looser, more open style his etchings well complement Verlaine’s sparce, direct texts.
Like his earlier erotic portfolios, Parallèlement was published by Lobel-Riche himself, in a limited numbered edition of 230 copies.