Alice Bailly

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Self-Portrait (1917), Oil on canvas, 32 × 23½ in. In the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Alice Bailly (25 February 1872 – 1 January 1938) was a radical Swiss painter, known for her interpretation of cubism and her multimedia wool paintings.

Education and early career[edit]

Bailly was born in Geneva, Switzerland, where she attended separate classes for women at the École des Beaux-Arts, studying under Hugues Bovy and Denise Sarkiss. She also went on to study in Munich, Germany. By 1906 she had moved to Paris, where she befriended a number of notable modernist painters such as Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, Albert Gleizes, Jean Metzinger, Fernand Léger, Sonia Lewitska and Marie Laurencin.

Fauvism and Cubism[edit]

While in Paris she became interested in Fauvism, and showed some paintings in the style at the Salon d'Automne alongside principal painters of the movement.

Wool paintings[edit]

At the beginning of World War I, Bailly returned to Switzerland and invented her signature tableaux-laine or "wool paintings" in which short strands of colored yarn acted as brush strokes. Between 1913 and 1922 she made approximately fifty paintings in this style. She was also briefly involved with the Dada movement.

Later life[edit]

She moved to Lausanne in 1923 and remained there for the rest of her life. She was commissioned to paint eight large murals for the foyer of the Theatre of Lausanne in 1936. This task led to exhaustion which may have contributed to the tuberculosis that caused her death in 1938. Her will directed that the proceeds from the sale of her art be used to establish a trust fund to aid young Swiss artists.

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Alice Bailey


Self-Portrait (1917), Oil on canvas, in. In the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Alice Bailly (25 February 1872 – 1 January 1938) was a radical Swiss painter, known for her interpretation of cubism and her multimedia wool paintings.

Contents Education and early career Fauvism and Cubism Wool paintings Later life External links


In my opinion the artwork is about a girl called alice Bailey who lives in Sweden. She is reading a book with a scribble in the back-round you can tell by her skin colour that she is Swiss.

I can tell this by her long hair and not a shaved face (shows she is a girl) and she's clearly reading a book. The title is Alice Baily

Alice Bailly was one of Switzerland’s most radical painters in the early decades of the 20th century. By 1906, Bailly had settled in Paris, where she became friends with many avant-garde modernist painters, including Juan Gris, Francis Picabia, and Marie Laurencin.

While she was exhibiting her early wood engravings in Paris, Fauvism came to the fore. Bailly was inspired by the style’s bold use of intense colours, dark outlines, and emphatically unrealistic anatomy and space. In 1908, her new paintings hung at the Salon alongside the art of the principal Fauve painters. ALICE BAILY ARTWORK



Her head and neck are equal to one isosceles triangle the girl only has one eye coming from her head is a circle it's just more than a semi circle but less that a full circle. In that circle there is lots of colour e.g yellow pink orange blue red white black and purple