Alice Riddle Kindler, 88, formerly a well-known artist in Washington, died of kidney failure Wednesday in London, England, where she had been living with a son, Don, for the past two years.

For many years, she had operated a working farm, Iris Hill, near Simpsonville in Howard County, Md.

Mrs. Kindler sold the farm in 1960 and moved to Szenlis, France, where she also had maintaned a home. she lived there until going to London.

She was the first wife of Hans Kindler, the first director of the National Symphony Orchestra, who died in 1949. They were married in 1918 and divorced in the mid-1940s.

Mrs. Kindler was born in Philadelphia. She studied painting at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts and in Paris. She painted still lifes, landscapes and portraits in oils.

She met Hans Kindler while he was playing the cello with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. They moved to Baltimore in 1920 and she remained there while he toured with the symphony and other orchestras in this country and abroad. He became director of the National Symphony in 1931.

Her paintings were exhibited in this country and in France in one-man and group shows. Some of them became part of a number of public and private collections.

In addition to her son, she is survived by another son, Jan, of New York City; a daughter, Helen Kindler Behrens, of Rabat, Morocco; five sisters, Eugenia, Kathrine and May Riddle, all of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Ruth Rigby, of Seaford, Del, and Hannah Gribbin, of California, and eight grandchildren.