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 Alison Baily Green Rehfisch  (1900 - 1975)

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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: landscape and still life painting

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Alison Baily Rehfisch (23 January 1900 – 12 March 75) was an Australian painter born in Sydney. She was born Alison Baily Green in Woollahra, Sydney, and grew up in Mosman. Her mother, who was a proficient sculptor, painter and musician, encouraged her interest in painting and drawing. As a student at Redlands School, Cremorne[1] from 1913–15, she was influenced by the painter Albert Collins.

On leaving school, she studied at Julian Ashton's Art School before marrying in 1919 and as Alison Rehfisch studied around 1925 under Antonio Dattilo Rubbo at the Royal Art Society. It was here she met George Duncan and they began sharing studio space. She began exhibiting at the Blaxland Gallery in 1929 and it was around this time that she and her husband split up and she moved into a studio apartment with Dorrit Black, Rah Fizelle, Thea Proctor and Adelaide Perry. She left for London in 1933, where she studied, worked and travelled, including a 3-month stay in Spain. After hearing of her husband's death in 1938, she returned to Sydney and in 1942 married George Duncan.

In 1947 their home burnt down and Alison lost several hundred paintings. Friends arranged an auction at the home of Desiderius Orban. She and George moved to the country and took to painting landscapes around Berrima, Moss Vale and Goulburn but returned to Sydney in 1953 when George secured a position as director of David Jones Art Gallery. They bought a house "Hillgrove" in Pymble which she decorated extensively, but spent little time on more mundane tasks. She was active with the Contemporary Art Society and the Contemporary Group. She continued to paint her still lifes and landscapes but concentrated more on flower paintings, which lowered her reputation as a serious painter.

After George died of cancer in 1974, she was inconsolable and less than a year later, with deteriorating eyesight and suffering depression, took her own life by swallowing poison.

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"Alison Rehfisch", Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alison_Rehfisch


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