Sign In

Lot Details

Signed 'Delteil' (lower right)

Acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, Paris

Maite Delteil: À L'insu du Réel (Peintures Dessins Poèmes), Éditions de Blayac, 1990, unpaginated (illustrated)
Maite Delteil: Enchanted, Art Musings Gallery, Mumbai, 2013, pg. 117 (illustrated)

Living and working in both France and India, Maite Delteil draws on the diverse aesthetics of her environment for her works. In her canvases, plant and birdlife are put into focus; trees teeming with colorful flowers, birds flying in the air and sitting on lush green grass marks most of her paintings in a tranquil and subtle appreciation for nature. Coupled with the use of a bright palette, Maite enhances the whimsical quality of her paintings, bringing together nature and artifice in a detailed yet restrained portrayal.

Maite Delteil

(b. 1933)
Born in 1933 in Furnel, France, Maite Delteil received her art education at Ecole Des Beaux-Arts, Academie de la Grand Chaumiere, Academic Julian and National School of Art. This was followed by a fellowship from the Government and Institute De France to study in Spain and Greece in quick succession. She received the Prix De la Casa Velasquez in 1959. She married the painter Sakti Burman in 1963. Her works have a languid quality and an old world charm. Her subjects are seemingly simple like landscapes and figuration but the artist uses them as a means to explore the depths of her thoughts. The detailing and expressive use of colours belies much deeper thoughts. Her first solo exhibition took place in Kolkata in 1964 and since 2001, Delteil has exhibited exclusively in India. Her exhibition at Mumbai in January 2013 consisted of intricate colourful paintings of "perfectly round trees, serene-looking people and pretty birds" which conveyed "the meaning of life without being morbid or dark". Delteil has had exhibitions in several other countries, including France, U.S. and Japan. Her works are in several public and private collections of these countries.