Andre Delfau

Portrait Of Elisabeth Toulemont

$790.00 CAD

Born in Paris, May 16, 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".

Married ballerina and choreographer Ruth Page in 1983, Andre Delfau died in Chicago, Illinois, on January 4, 2000, at the age of 85.

Élisabeth Claire Toulemont was born on 8 March 1888 in Paris and died on 16 March 1971 in the same city. An eccentric dancer of the Belle Époque and a French writer, former mistress of Charles Dullin and close friend of Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob, she is best known as the wife of the writer Marcel Jouhandeau, whom she married in Paris on 4 June 1929. She appears in the writer's work under the first name of Élise.

Sources:; Askart; Chicago Gallery News; Archives de France; Wikipedia.

Artist: André Delfau (1914-2000)
Signed and dated in lower right.
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Condition: Very good condition.
Dimensions: 61 x 50 cm. / 24 x 19 3/4 in.
Frame : 80 x 69.5 cm. / 31 ½ x 27 ¼ in. Wood, very good condition.
Origin: France.