Gisèle Lestrange

Gisèle Lestrange or Gisèle de Lestrange, and after marriage, Gisèle Celan-Lestrange (Paris, March 19, 1927 – December 9, 1991) was a French graphic artist.

Born in Paris, she studied drawing and painting at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1945 to 1949, and then etching at the Atelier Friedlaender, in Paris, from 1954 to 1957. She became a well-known engraver, working for the atelier Lacourière-Frélaut in Paris as of 1964. Her father died in 1943. On December 21, 1952, she married the poet Paul Celan, whom she had met in November 1951. The couple had two sons, Francois (b. 1953), who died immediately after birth, and Eric (b. 1955). As of 1967, however, she and Celan lived in separate homes. The artist died in Paris.

As a graphic artist, she illustrated the works of a number of well-known poets. Many of her works are linked to the poems of Paul Celan.

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