Andre Delfau

French, 1914 - 2000


Born in Paris, France in 1914, Andre Delfau was a French artist, and internationally acclaimed stage set and costume designer who worked world-wide from the 1930s to the 1980s. Early in his career, Delfau created fashion designs for such major Paris couture houses as Balmain, Jean Patou and Balenciaga. He completed set designs and costumes for the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Great Britain, the Paris Opera, the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Ruth Page International Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, the Chicago Opera Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. Most notably, Delfau designed the elaborate stage sets and costumes for the 1986 PBS television production of the Viennese operetta, "Die Fledermaus".

Delfau lived primarily in Paris and Chicago. He frequently traveled to Morocco, where one of his favorite subjects to paint was the historic Jemaa el-Fna market in Marrakesh. Late in life, he married Chicago ballet impresario Ruth Page. Delfau died in Chicago in 2000.

  • Street Scene (La Place), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 7 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8360
  • City Scene with Oriental Carpet
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
    #5418
  • City Scene with Oriental Carpets
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
    #5419
  • Untitled (Figure on a Balcony), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14595
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right

    #5539
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5554
  • Untitled (City Scene, Night), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/4 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14545
  • Untitled (Chair, Apple and Fireplace Mantel), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14556
  • Horse and Carriage, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5500
  • Untitled (Acrobats), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14515
  • Untitled (Acrobats), ca, 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14513
  • Moroccan Scene
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 inches
    #5833
  • Untitled (City Scene & Harbor View), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15229
  • Untitled (City Scene & Harbor View), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15228
  • Untitled (Beach Scene & Fishing Boat), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14146
  • Untitled (Beach Scene & Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14151
  • Untitled (Fishing Boats on the Beach), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/4 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14132
  • Sailors with Nets, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5803
  • Garden Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5859
  • Untitled (Harbor Scene), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14089
  • Untitled (Harbor Scene with Banner), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14196
  • Untitled (Harbor Scene with Banner), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14195
  • Market Bazaar (Vendors and Street Performers), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5473
  • Untitled (Flower Vendor), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8019
  • Untitled (Flower Vendor), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    8 x 5 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14138
  • Market Bazaar (Vendors and Umbrellas), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5472
  • Market Bazaar (Fruit Vendors)
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5454
  • Market Bazaar
    Gouache on paper

    Signed Delfau, lower right

    #9452
  • Market Bazaar
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5499
  • Untitled (Harbor Scene & Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5756
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5538
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5540
  • Untitled (Street Scene), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/4 x 7 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14647
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5561
  • Untitled (View from a Balcony), ca. 1950
    Watercolor on paper
    11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5390
  • View from a Balcony, ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5384
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache and watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5563
  • Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5564
  • Harbor Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5582
  • Untited (New York City at Night), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right

    #5376
  • View of New York City, ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right

    #5371
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on Paper
    4 x 2 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14687
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14694
  • Untitled (Study, Figures & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14688
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14690
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14689
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on Paper
    4 3/4 x 3 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14613
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14075
  • Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14074
  • Untitled (Beach Scene), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    4 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8008
  • Beach Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5856
  • Untitled (Man Reading Beside his Dog), ca. 1950
    Watercolor on paper
    10 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8411
  • Untitled (Kneeling Male, Bather), ca. 1950
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14166
  • Untitled (Coastal Scene with Seated Male Bather), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14498
  • Untitled (Coastal Scene, Figure Reading), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14495
  • Nude Seated in an Interior by the Sea, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5400
  • Woman in an Interior by the Sea, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5399
  • Woman in an Interior, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5404
  • Untitled (Jouer au volley-ball), ca. 1950s
    Oil on Masonite
    6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches

    Provenance: Estate of the artist

    #5363
  • Landscape
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches
    #8405
  • Street Scene
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 5 inches
    #8403
  • Street Scene
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 5 inches
    #8404
  • Le cycliste, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8331
  • Untitled (Street Scene), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 4 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14701
  • Still Life, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5403
  • Untitled (Still Life)
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches
    #7213
  • Untitled (Rooftops), ca. 1950s
    Oil on canvas
    8 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5359
  • Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1950s
    Oil on canvas board
    6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5362
  • Buildings (Windows & Doors)
    Watercolor on paper
    16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
    #5650
  • Stage Design for an Opera
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    19 1/4 x 24 3/4 inches
    #5656
  • Stage Design (Hamlet)
    Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right; titled on reverse.

    #5661
  • Stage Design (Hamlet)
    Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
    #5662
  • Stage Design for an Opera
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
    #5657
  • Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 20 inches
    #5663
  • Stage Design , ca. 1950
    Gouache on paper
    14 1/2 x 17 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5712
  • Stage Design (A Capriccio of Stairways and Arches)
    Gouache on paper
    13 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches
    #5694
  • Stage Design (Britannicus), 1951
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 16 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #5676
  • Stage Design (Capriccio with Three Doorways)
    Gouache on paper
    14 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
    #5678
  • Stage Design (Couple Dancing), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    11 1/4 x 15 inches
    #5693
  • Stage Design (Andromaque)
    Gouache, watercolor and ink on paper
    13 1/4 x 19 inches

    Titled lower right

    #5687
  • Stage Design (Britannicus), 1951
    Gouache on paper
    13 1/2 x 16 inches

    Titled lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #5674
  • Stage Design (A Capriccio of Columns and Archways)
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
    #5689
  • Stage Design (A Capriccio with a Temple & Figures)
    Gouache on paper
    14 x 17 inches
    #5695
  • Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
    #5696
  • Stage Design (A Capriccio of Baroque Archways)
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    16 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches
    #5702
  • Stage Design (Britannicus)
    Gouache on paper
    16 x 21 inches

    Signed Delfau and titled lower right.

    #5703
  • Stage Design (Archways)
    Ink and graphite on paper
    14 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
    #5716
  • Stage Design (Standing Figure)
    Ink and graphite on paper
    15 1/2 x 18 inches

    Signed lower right

    #5717
  • Classical Interior
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 1/4 inches
    #5749
  • Classical Interior
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 1/4 inches
    #5750
  • Stage Design (Pygmalion)
    Gouache on board
    15 x 20 inches

    Titled on reverse

    #5720
  • Costume Designs
    Gouache and ink on paper
    19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
    #5718
  • Stage Design (Balconies & Figures), ca. 1950s
    Gouache, watercolor and graphite on paper
    13 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches
    #5698
  • Dancers, ca. 1960
    Watercolor on paper
    19 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches
    #5752
  • Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    16 1/2 x 21 inches
    #5719
  • Dancers, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    8 x 10 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5778
  • Moroccan Scene
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 inches
    #5834
  • Landscape and Rooftops (Cafe Scene), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5562
  • Harbor Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5570
  • Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    17 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
    #5605
  • Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    17 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
    #5597
  • Textile Design
    Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
    14 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches
    #5610
  • Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    18 1/2 x 14 inches
    #5599
  • Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    18 3/4 x 14 inches
    #5600
  • Moroccan Scene
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #5852
  • Untitled (Figure)
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches
    #8415
  • Untitled (Figures)
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #5854
  • Monument Square, ca. 1948
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    9 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
    #5789
  • Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5863
  • Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches
    #6262
  • Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5864
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #7173
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/4 x 8 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #7179
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #7171
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches
    #7205
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches
    #7206
  • Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
    #5804
  • Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #7186
  • Untitled (Harbor), ca. 1948
    Gouache on Paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8401
  • Untitled (Sailing), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 x 4 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14085
  • Untitled (Women’s Couture Portrait), ca. 1942
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 7 inches
    #14155
  • Still Life, ca. 1940s
    Oil on panel
    9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower left

    #5358
  • Textile Design- Tribal Imagery, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    19 1/2 x 13 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5745
  • Textile Design- Tribal Imagery, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    19 1/2 x 13 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5746
  • Textile Design- Tribal Imagery, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    19 3/4 x 13 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5747
  • Untitled (Study for Stage Design), ca. 1950s
    Gouache and watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #7138
  • Untitled (Study for Stage Design), ca. 1950s
    Gouache and watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #7139
  • Untitled (Figures), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 4 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14510
  • Untitled (Bullfight), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14594
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14683
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 1/4 x 3 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15219
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 1/2 x 2 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14686
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 1/4 x 3 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15220
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15222
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15225
  • Untitled (Study, Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    2 1/2 x 3 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15227

Born in Paris, France in 1914, Andre Delfau was a French artist, and internationally acclaimed stage set and costume designer who worked world-wide from the 1930s to the 1980s. Early in his career, Delfau created fashion designs for such major Paris couture houses as Balmain, Jean Patou and Balenciaga. He completed set designs and costumes for the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Great Britain, the Paris Opera, the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Ruth Page International Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, the Chicago Opera Ballet and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, among others. Most notably, Delfau designed the elaborate stage sets and costumes for the 1986 PBS television production of the Viennese operetta, "Die Fledermaus".

Delfau lived primarily in Paris and Chicago. He frequently traveled to Morocco, where one of his favorite subjects to paint was the historic Jemaa el-Fna market in Marrakesh. Late in life, he married Chicago ballet impresario Ruth Page. Delfau died in Chicago in 2000.

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