Peintre post-impressionniste, aquarelliste, pastelliste et dessinatrice de figures et de scènes de genre à la fois naïves et poétiques touchant presque à la féerie. Auteur de quelques petites sculptures. Epouse du critique d'art Georges Marlier. Se fixe à Ostende en 1914. S'y lie d'amitié avec James Ensor qui l'initie (1915-16) et l'influence. Commence dans l'expressionnisme. Evolue vers un impressionnisme symboliste aux scènes allégoriques incluant des personnages de contes de fée. Elève à l'Académie d'Anvers (1917-19, J. De Vriendt et F. Gogo). Membre fondateur des groupes Lumière* et ça ira (Anvers). Prix de la ville d'Ostende (1949). Oeuvres aux Musées d'Anvers, Bruges, Bruxelles et Ostende.
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Alice Frey (25 June 1895 – 30 August 1981) was a Belgian painter.
Born in Antwerp, Alice was one of three children. She was trained as a dressmaker, a trade which she later taught as a school teacher. As with many Belgian families, the Freys left their home in the First World War, moving to Ostend. There Alice met painter James Ensor who became a close friend. Ensor encouraged Alice's interest in art, and after the war she enrolled as student in the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where she studied drawing and painting.
It was as a student that she met her future husband Georges Marlier, himself later a noted art critic and painter. They married in 1922. Together they formed part of a group known as Lumière, which published a journal. A second journal, Ça Ira, was established by Alice, and these formed part of the avant-garde movement in Belgium in the 1920s.
Alice Frey's work was widely exhibited in her lifetime. In her later years she became profoundly deaf and lived alone in Ostend. On her death in 1981, much of her work was sold at auction, and only the small collection that she willed to Ostend is accessible. Stylistically, Frey's work was influenced by Marc Chagall, Ensor, and Edgard Tytgat. Her early works are expressionist, while her later work may be closer to magic realism.