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 5418
    City Scene with Oriental Carpet
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
    #5418
  • Delfau 5419
    City Scene with Oriental Carpets
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches
    #5419
  • Delfau 14595
    Untitled (Figure on a Balcony), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14595
  • Delfau 8360
    Street Scene (La Place), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 7 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8360
  • 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 14513
    Untitled (Acrobats), ca, 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14513
  • 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 15231
    Untitled (Figure in a City Street), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #15231
  • Delfau 14146jpg
    Untitled (Beach Scene & Fishing Boat), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14146
  • Delfau 14151
    Untitled (Beach Scene & Fishing Boats), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14151
  • Delfau 14132
    Untitled (Fishing Boats on the Beach), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/4 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14132
  • Delfau 5803
    Sailors with Nets, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5803
  • 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 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, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

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

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #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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