Andre Delfau

French, 1914 - 2000


Born 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.

  • Delfau 14087

    Untitled (Baroque Figures), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14087
  • Delfau 14645

    Untitled (Street Scene), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 7 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14645
    SOLD
  • Delfau 14595

    Untitled (Figure on a Balcony), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches

    Untitled (Figure on a Balcony)

    #14595
  • Delfau 14545

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14545
  • Delfau 14515

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14515
  • Delfau 14514

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14514
  • 5833 delfau 5833

    Moroccan Scene
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 inches
    #5833
  • Delfau 15229

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15229
  • Delfau 15228

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15228
  • Delfau 5803

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5803
  • Delfau 8360

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8360
  • Delfau 5500

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

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5500
  • Delfau 14089

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14089
  • Delfau 14196

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14196
  • Delfau 14195

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14195
  • 5473 delfau 5473

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5473
  • Delfau 5472

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5472
  • Delfau 8019

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8019
  • Delfau 7136

    Untitled (Street Scene, City Facades), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    6 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #7136
    SOLD
  • Delfau 5859

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5859
  • Delfau 5756

    Untitled (Harbor Scene & Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5756
  • Delfau 5538

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5538
  • Delfau 5540

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5540
  • Delfau 14647

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14647
  • Delfau 5561

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5561
  • Delfau 5390

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5390
  • Delfau 5384

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5384
  • Delfau 5563

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5563
  • Delfau 5564

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5564
  • Delfau 5582

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5582
  • Delfau 14071

    Untitled (Sail Boat, Grotta Azura), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14071
  • Delfau 14687

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

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14687
  • Delfau 14694

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14694
  • Delfau 14693

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

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14693
  • Delfau 14688

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14688
  • Delfau 14690

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14690
  • Delfau 14689

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14689
  • Delfau 14613

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

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14613
  • Delfau 14075

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14075
  • Delfau 14074

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14074
  • Delfau 8008

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8008
  • Delfau 5856

    Beach Scene
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
    #5856
  • Delfau 8411

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8411
  • Delfau 14166

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14166
  • Delfau 14498

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14498
  • Delfau 14495

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14495
  • Delfau 5400

    Nude Seated in an Interior by the Sea, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5400
  • 5399 delfau 5399

    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
  • Delfau 5404

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

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5404
  • Delfau 8405

    Landscape
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches
    #8405
  • Delfau 8403

    Street Scene
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 5 inches
    #8403
  • Delfau 8404

    Street Scene
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 5 inches
    #8404
  • Delfau 5363

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

    Provenance: Estate of the artist

    #5363
  • Delfau 8331

    Le cycliste, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8331
  • Delfau 14701

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14701
  • Delfau 5654

    Horses and Figures
    Watercolor on paper
    18 3/4 x 24 inches
    #5654
  • Delfau 7141

    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    14 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #7141
  • Delfau 5403

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5403
  • Delfau 7213

    Untitled (Still Life)
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches
    #7213
  • Delfau 5359

    Untitled (Rooftops), ca. 1950s
    Oil on canvas
    8 3/4 x 10 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5359
  • Delfau 5362

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

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5362
  • 5650 delfau 5650

    Buildings (Windows & Doors)
    Watercolor on paper
    16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
    #5650
  • Delfau 5656

    Stage Design for an Opera
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    19 1/4 x 24 3/4 inches
    #5656
  • 5661 delfau 5661

    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
  • 5662 delfau 5662

    Stage Design (Hamlet)
    Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
    #5662
  • Delfau 5657

    Stage Design for an Opera
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
    #5657
  • 5663 delfau 5663

    Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 20 inches
    #5663
  • 5694 delfau 5694

    Stage Design (A Capriccio of Stairways and Arches)
    Gouache on paper
    13 3/4 x 18 1/2 inches
    #5694
  • 5676 delfau 5676

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

    Signed Delfau lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #5676
  • 5678 delfau 5678

    Stage Design (Capriccio with Three Doorways)
    Gouache on paper
    14 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches
    #5678
  • 5693 delfau 5693

    Stage Design (Couple Dancing), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    11 1/4 x 15 inches
    #5693
  • 5687 delfau 5687

    Stage Design (Andromaque)
    Gouache, watercolor and ink on paper
    13 1/4 x 19 inches

    Titled lower right

    #5687
  • 5674 delfau 5674

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

    Titled lower right; signed and dated on reverse.

    #5674
  • 5689 delfau 5689

    Stage Design (A Capriccio of Columns and Archways)
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
    #5689
  • 5695 delfau 5695

    Stage Design (A Capriccio with a Temple & Figures)
    Gouache on paper
    14 x 17 inches
    #5695
  • 5696 delfau 5696

    Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches
    #5696
  • 5702 delfau 5702

    Stage Design (A Capriccio of Baroque Archways)
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    16 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches
    #5702
  • 5703 delfau 5703

    Stage Design (Britannicus)
    Gouache on paper
    16 x 21 inches

    Signed Delfau and titled lower right.

    #5703
  • 5716 delfau 5716

    Stage Design (Archways)
    Ink and graphite on paper
    14 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
    #5716
  • 5717 delfau 5717

    Stage Design (Standing Figure)
    Ink and graphite on paper
    15 1/2 x 18 inches

    Signed lower right

    #5717
  • 5749 delfau 5749

    Classical Interior
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 1/4 inches
    #5749
  • 5750 delfau 5750

    Classical Interior
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 1/4 inches
    #5750
  • 5720 delfau 5720

    Stage Design (Pygmalion)
    Gouache on board
    15 x 20 inches

    Titled on reverse

    #5720
  • 5698 delfau 5698

    Stage Design (Balconies & Figures), ca. 1950s
    Gouache, watercolor and graphite on paper
    13 3/4 x 17 1/4 inches
    #5698
  • 5752 delfau 5752

    Dancers
    Watercolor on paper
    19 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches
    #5752
  • 5719 delfau 5719

    Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    16 1/2 x 21 inches
    #5719
  • Delfau 6820

    Two Figures, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 3 inches
    #6820
  • 5777 delfau 5777

    Dancers, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    7 1/2 x 9 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5777
  • 5778 delfau 5778

    Dancers
    Gouache on paper
    8 x 10 1/2 inches
    #5778
  • 5562 delfau 5562

    Landscape and Rooftops (Cafe Scene), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5562
  • 5570 delfau 5570

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5570
  • 5834 delfau 5834

    Moroccan Scene
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 6 inches
    #5834
  • 5602 delfau 5602

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    19 x 14 1/4 inches
    #5602
  • 5604 delfau 5604

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    12 x 12 inches
    #5604
  • 5596 delfau 5596

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
    #5596
  • 5595 delfau 5595

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    17 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
    #5595
  • 5605 delfau 5605

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    17 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches
    #5605
  • 5598 delfau 5598

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
    #5598
  • 5593 delfau 5593

    Textile Design
    Gouache on paper
    17 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
    #5593
  • 5607 delfau 5607

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    14 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches
    #5607
  • 5613 delfau 5613

    Textile Design
    Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
    12 3/4 x 12 inches
    #5613
  • 5615 delfau 5615

    Textile Design
    Gouache, ink and graphite on paper
    13 3/4 x 12 inches
    #5615
  • 5852 delfau 5852

    Moroccan Scene
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #5852
  • Delfau 8415

    Untitled (Figure)
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches
    #8415
  • Delfau 8416

    Untitled (Figures), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8416
  • 5854 delfau 5854

    Untitled (Figures)
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #5854
  • 5789 delfau 5789

    Monument Square, ca. 1948
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    9 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
    #5789
  • 5863 delfau 5863

    Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5863
  • 6262 delfau 6262

    Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    6 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches
    #6262
  • 5864 delfau 5864

    Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5864
  • Delfau 7173

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #7173
  • Delfau 7179

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/4 x 8 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #7179
  • Delfau 7171

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #7171
  • Delfau 7205

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches
    #7205
  • Delfau 7206

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches
    #7206
  • 5804 delfau 5804

    Abstraction
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches
    #5804
  • Delfau 8007

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #8007
  • Delfau 7186

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/4 x 7 1/2 inches
    #7186
  • Delfau 8012

    Untitled (Abstraction- Rooftops)
    Gouache on paper
    4 x 6 inches
    #8012

Born 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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