25.06.1895 (Antwerp, Belgium) - 30.08.1981 (Ostend, Belgium)
Alice Frey is a Belgian painter, born in Antwerp in 1895. She was initially trained as a dressmaker, a trade that she shortly taught as a school teacher. When the First World War broke out in 1914, her family moved to Ostend, a city along the Belgian coast. There she met James Ensor, 35 years older than she, today a renowned artist who painted in an expressionist and surrealist style and is considered an innovator in 19th-century art. They became close friends and Ensor encouraged Alice's interest in art.
When the First World War ended in 1918, she enrolled as a student in the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where she studied drawing and painting. Later she formed part of a group known as Lumière, which published a journal. A second journal, Ça Ira, was established by Alice herself, and these publications contributed to the avant-garde movement in Belgium in the 1920s.
Frey's work was widely exhibited in her lifetime. Stylistically, her work was influenced by Ensor, Marc Chagall and Edgard Tytgat. Whereas her early works are expressionist, her later work may be closer to magic realism.