Childhood home of Misia Sert, friend of Coco Chanel and artists' muse


Misia, at the heart of Ixelles: 

Misia Godebska (1872-1950), a woman whose talent lay not in her personal creativity, but in inflaming hearts and imaginations and in generating among the greatest artists of her day remarkable and unforgettable works. For more than 40 years, she served as the inspiration of painters, musicians, poets and writers, dancers and choreographers, all of whom would be remembered.

Her life reads like a novel.

Her mother Sophie was the daughter of Adrien-François Servais, a world-famous Belgian violinist, whose father Cyprien Godebski, was a sculptor of a certain renown. Misia was born in Saint Petersburg where her mother died in childbirth.  In 1876, her grandmother Sophie Feygin had a large house built at 49 Avenue de l’Hippodrome in Ixelles where Misia would spend her younger years until she married.  Talented at the piano, she has the privilege of benefiting from the teaching of Gabriel Fauré. Misia married in Ixelles in 1893 and took off to Paris where she became the muse of Toulouse-Lautrec, Bonnard and Vuillard, Diaghilev, Ravel and Satie, Mallarmé and Stravinsky among many more. She was a great friend to Coco Chanel.

She was truly the queen of Parisian artists.

Exhibition and consultation of documents at the childhood home of Misia Sert.

Avenue de l'Hippodrome 49
1050 Ixelles