French, 1914 - 2000
Titled lower right; signed and dated on reverse
Born in France in 1914, Andre Delfau was a noted artist, stage set and costume designer who worked world-wide from 1930s-1980s. Early in his career Delfau illustrated fashion designs for such major fashion houses as Balmain, Jean Patou and Balenciaga. He created stage sets and costume designs for the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Great Britan, 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, he designed the sets and costumes for the 1986 PBS television production of "Die Fledermaus".
Delfau lived primarily in Paris and Chicago. He frequently vacationed in Morocco, where one of his favorite subjects to paint was the Jamaa el Fna market in Marrakech. Late in life, he married Chicago ballet impresario Ruth Page. Delfau died in Chicago in 2000.