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 5359

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

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5359
  • 5362 delfau 5362

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Oil on canvas board
    6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5362
  • 5645 delfau 5645

    Buildings (Windows, Doors with Figures)
    Watercolor on paper
    16 1/2 x 22 1/4 inches
    #5645
  • Delfau 8418

    Untitled (Harbor Scene)
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches
    #8418
  • Delfau 8360

    Street Scene (La Place)
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 7 1/4 inches
    #8360
  • 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 8008

    Untitled (Beach Scene)
    Gouache on paper
    4 x 6 inches
    #8008
  • 5650 delfau 5650

    Buildings (Windows & Doors)
    Watercolor on paper
    16 1/2 x 21 1/2 inches
    #5650
  • Delfau 5654

    Horses and Figures
    Watercolor on paper
    18 3/4 x 24 inches
    #5654
  • Delfau 5657

    Stage Design for an Opera
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    19 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches
    #5657
  • 5660 delfau 5660

    Stage Design (Project from Hamlet)
    Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right; titled on reverse.

    #5660
  • 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 5656

    Stage Design for an Opera
    Watercolor and graphite on paper
    19 1/4 x 24 3/4 inches
    #5656
  • 5663 delfau 5663

    Stage Design
    Gouache on paper
    13 x 20 inches
    #5663
  • 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
  • 5666 delfau 5666

    Stage Design (Interior Scene)
    Gouache on paper
    12 x 16 inches
    #5666
  • 5680 delfau 5680

    Stage Design (Iphigenie)
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau and titled lower right.

    #5680
  • 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
    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
  • 5689 delfau 5689

    Stage Design (A Capriccio of Columns and Archways)
    Gouache on paper
    12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
    #5689
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5562 delfau 5562

    Landscape and Rooftops (Cafe Scene)
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5562
  • 5569 delfau 5569

    Harbor Scene
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5569
  • 5570 delfau 5570

    Harbor Scene
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
    #5570
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5604 delfau 5604

    Textile Design
    Gouache and graphite on paper
    12 x 12 inches
    #5604
  • Delfau 8415

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

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches
    #8416
  • 5854 delfau 5854

    Untitled (Figures)
    Gouache on paper
    7 x 10 inches
    #5854
  • 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
  • Delfau 7954

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
    #7954
  • Delfau 7958

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
    #7958
  • Delfau 7959

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
    #7959
  • Delfau 7963

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/4 x 6 inches
    #7963
  • Delfau 7965

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
    #7965
  • Delfau 7964

    Untitled (Abstraction)
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches
    #7964
  • 5372 delfau 5372

    View of New York City
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5372
  • 5370 delfau 5370

    View of New York City
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/2 x 11 inches
    #5370
  • 5373 delfau 5373

    View of New York City
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau lower right.

    #5373
  • 5789 delfau 5789

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

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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