is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe  in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at . what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.

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here is a picture of Gisèle during the war – thanks to , whose father was part of the underground artist community that congregated at Gisèle’s home in WWII.


  1. This woman is such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing her story.

  2. I would LOVE to get into her library!!! What an interesting & talented woman!

  3. That is a beautiful, beautiful house, and that lady’s life would make a jaw-dropping movie I’m sure. Intense, heroic and genuine. I’d be honored to be her grandchild! :)

  4. :) she looks like a happy lady who fight all her life to fulfill her dreams…the story, the house, her art… amazing, so clean and organized…beautiful

  5. This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. What an amazing woman and an absolutely beautiful home!

  7. wow, what a treasure! her home, art, and gisele…

  8. this is amazing, i want to be as cool as her :)

  9. This is beyond amazing! Thank you so much for sharing.

  10. this is so beautiful and inspiring. thank you for finding and sharing!

  11. Wow, this is my favorite home I’ve seen online in a long time.

  12. spectacular home-study, thank you very much for sharing!

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