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Alice Halicka (c1889-1975)

Biography of polish Cubist and Modernist artist Alice Halicka (c1889-1975)

Alice Halicka (c1889-1975) was a Polish innovator of Cubism, Moderism and collage born in Krakaw who moved to Paris in 1912.

Halicka married the painter Louis Marcoussis and among her Parisian friends were Georges Braque, Andre Breton, Max Erst and Jean Arop.

In 1914, Guillaume Apollinaire sees her Cubist still lifes at Le Salon des Independants and she becomes a member of this Cubist group until the early 1920s.

In the 1930s, Halicka makes three trips to New York and in 1935 works for Helena Rubinstein as an advertising designer. She was also prominent in ballet set and costume design working with Igor Stravinsky and the choreographer George Balanchine on The Kiss of The Fairy performed at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1937.

In 1941, her husband dies and in 1945 she heads back to Paris where she publishes an autobiography Yesterday and writes a column for the Nouvelles Litteraires entitled In the shade of the Bateau Lavoir.

The last twenty years of her life are punctuated with trips to India (1952), Poland (1956) and Russia (1960).

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Lot FS25/320: Alice Halicka [Krakaw c1889-1975 Paris] - Dancing Couple

Alice Halicka [Krakaw c1889-1975 Paris] - Dancing Couple - signed Halicka bottom right silk velvet, silk brocade, sequin, hair and needlework collage 49 x 31cm.

Estimate: £700 - £900
Realised: £1,400

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Lot FS25/321: Alice Halicka [Krakaw c1889-1975 Paris] - 'Chemin de Fer'; Fashionable Lady in A Park, View To A Train on A Viaduct in the Distance

Alice Halicka [Krakaw c1889-1975 Paris] - 'Chemin de fer'; fashionable lady in a park, view to a train on a viaduct in the distance - signed Halicka top left further signed and inscribed on a label attached to the reverse silk velvet, silk brocade, paste, hair, needlework and painted collage 38 x 30cm.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £1,300

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Lot FS25/322: Alice Halicka [Krakaw c1889-1975 Paris] - A Day At the Races

Alice Halicka [Krakaw c1889-1975 Paris] - A Day at the Races - signed Halicka bottom right silk velvet, silk brocade, jet, pearls, cut paper, hair and painted collage 49 x 60cm.

Estimate: £600 - £800
Realised: £1,200