Andre Delfau: Works on Paper


June 21st - July 19th, 2019

Born in France in 1914, Andre Delfau became an internationally acclaimed stage, set and costume designer who worked world-wide from the 1930s to the 1980s. Delfau was a life long artist and painted independently of his noted design career. His artwork is recognized for its vibrant color and form, and particularly keen use of line. He was highly influenced by the French Modern trends of Cubism and Surrealism, and his artwork is often infused with a dramatic sense of architecture and perspective.

Delfau created fashion designs for such major Paris couture houses as Balmain, Jean Patou and Balenciaga. He completed noteworthy set designs and costumes for numerous international operatic and ballet productions, including those at 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. 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. at the age of 86.

  • Delfau 14595
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Figure on a Balcony), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    5 x 6 1/2 inches

    Untitled (Figure on a Balcony)

    #14595
  • Delfau 14071
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Sail Boat, Grotta Azura), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14071
  • Delfau 14087
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Baroque Figures), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    6 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14087
  • Delfau 14514
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Acrobats), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14514
  • Delfau 14515
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Acrobats), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    5 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14515
  • 5473 delfau 5473
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    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
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    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
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Flower Vendor), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    4 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8019
  • Delfau 15229
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (City Scene & Harbor View), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15229
  • Delfau 15228
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (City Scene & Harbor View), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #15228
  • Delfau 8416
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Figures), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    4 1/2 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8416
  • Delfau 14089
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Harbor Scene), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14089
  • Delfau 14195
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Harbor Scene with Banner), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14195
  • Delfau 14196
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Harbor Scene with Banner), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/2 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14196
  • Delfau 5803
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Sailors with Nets, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/2 x 8 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5803
  • Delfau 14545
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (City Scene, Night), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/4 x 5 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14545
  • Delfau 8008
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Beach Scene), ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    4 x 6 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8008
  • 5399 delfau 5399
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    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 14166
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Kneeling Male, Bather), ca. 1950
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14166
  • Delfau 14495
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Coastal Scene, Figure Reading), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14495
  • Delfau 14498
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Coastal Scene with Seated Male Bather), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    10 x 13 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14498
  • Delfau 8411
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    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 8360
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Street Scene (La Place), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 x 7 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8360
  • Delfau 14647
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Street Scene), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 1/4 x 7 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14647
  • Delfau 5756
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    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
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5538
  • Delfau 5561
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5561
  • Delfau 5384
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    View from a Balcony, ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    7 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5384
  • Delfau 5390
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (View from a Balcony), ca. 1950
    Watercolor on paper
    11 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5390
  • 5570 delfau 5570
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Harbor Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5570
  • Delfau 5540
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5540
  • Delfau 5859
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Garden Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 9 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5859
  • Delfau 5582
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Harbor Scene, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5582
  • Delfau 14701
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Street Scene), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    7 x 4 1/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14701
  • 5562 delfau 5562
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Landscape and Rooftops (Cafe Scene), ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5562
  • Delfau 5563
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    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
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Landscape and Rooftops, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5564
  • Delfau 8331
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Le cycliste, ca. 1950s
    Gouache on paper
    3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #8331
  • Delfau 5500
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Horse and Carriage, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches

    Signed Delfau, lower right.

    #5500
  • Delfau 14075
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14075
  • Delfau 14693
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 3/4 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse

    #14693
  • Delfau 14694
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14694
  • Delfau 14690
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14690
  • Delfau 14689
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14689
  • Delfau 14688
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figures & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    3 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14688
  • Delfau 14074
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Study, Figure & Doorway), ca. 1948
    Watercolor on paper
    6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #14074
  • Delfau 7213
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Still Life)
    Gouache on paper
    6 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches
    #7213
  • Delfau 5403
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Still Life, ca. 1948
    Gouache on paper
    5 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #5403
  • Delfau 7141
    Andre Delfau
    French, 1914 - 2000
    Untitled (Abstraction), ca. 1950s
    Watercolor on paper
    14 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

    Estate stamped on reverse.

    #7141

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