1904 b. June 8th. Chenecey-Buillon, Doubs, France as Alice Marie Yvonne Philippot. French Surrealist Painter and Writer Poet. Early marriage and divorce, adopted her mother's maiden name Rahon.
1931 Met Wolfgang Paalen and was soon living with him. She was inspired by his Surrealist poetry. Around this time meets Eva Sulzer in the baths at Baden Baden. 1934 m. Paalen. Joined the Surrealists in Paris. 1935 Affair with Pablo Picasso. 1936 Travelled to India with Valentine Penrose, probable affair. Published her poetry book A meme la terre illustrated by Yves Tanguy. Writes Despair to Pablo Picasso. 1939 Published Sablier couche illustrated by Pablo Picasso. With her friend Eva Sulzer who financed the expedition, accompanied Paalen in a menage a trois to Alaska and British Columbia, visiting the coastal tribes. Afterwards travelled to Mexico where they were met by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. At this time Rahon was instructed by Paalen in painting. 1940 helped Paalen organise the International Surrealist Exhibition in Mexico City. 1941 published Noir animal in Mexico. 1942 - 1944 Involved in journal Dyn, which was founded by Paalen and the Peruvian Cesar Moro. Met again with Leonora Carrington. Photographed -> in Mexico city with Paalen and Sulzer. 1943 Jan; Shows in Exhibition by 31 Women at Peggy Guggenheim's Art of this Century, New York. 1944 she gave her first exhibition in the Galeria de Arte Mexicano in Mexico-City. 1945 Affair with Sonja Sekula. 1947 Divorces Paalen and marries Edward Fitzgerald. With Fitzgerald makes short puppet film Le Magicien with scenography by Luis Bunuel. Film believed lost. 1958? Participates in the First Salon of Women's Art at the Galerias Excelsior of Mexico, together with Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Bridget Tichenor, and other women painters. 1959 Paalen commits suicide. 1960 divorced Fitzgerald. 1967 Man Crossed by a River hommage to Andre Breton. 1987? d. Mexico City. See Work ->; and also ->. See Poetry -> Throughout her life she corresponded with Andre Breton, Pablo Picasso, Anais Nin, Valentine Penrose and Henry Moore. See Timeline