At first glance, the works of Maïté Delteil may appear to express a preoccupation with the genres of still life and landscape – but, in fact, they explore the borderland between memory and fantasy, wakefulness and dream. The exquisite images that populate her paintings are the result of a perfected focus on the objects of experience, in their substantiality and presence. Her brush conveys into being the roundedness of cherries, the heavy pile of snow, the variegation of the plumage of hoopoes and finches, the particular serration and generic density of foliage. Delteil’s attentiveness to detail is a form of devotion: her paintings are songs of praise, in which she exalts the beauty of things even as they pass into decay and dissolution, as creatures of time.
Delteil was educated at the École Des Beaux-Arts, the Académie de la Grand Chaumiere, and the Académie Julian, Paris. This period of study was followed by a fellowship from the Government of France, which enabled her to study in Spain and Greece. She received the Prix de la Casa Velasquez in 1959. In the course of her preparation for a career in the visual arts, she worked with the painter Roger Chapelain-Midy and the engraver Robert Cami. In consequence, her paintings and drawings exhibit both the range of a painter’s training as well as the technical precision, fastidious detailing, and layered quality of the printmaker’s art. Delteil’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe, the USA, Japan, and India. Her solo exhibitions with Art Musings include The Secret Sea, 2018; Enchanted, 2013; and Fruits of Grace, 2007. Art Musings released a substantial art book, Maïté Delteil: As the Seasons turn and return, the Sky, in 2023, authored by Ranjit Hoskote which was released at the India Art fair ’23. They have also produced two other books; a monograph Enchanted, in 2013 and an artist book, The Secret Sea, in 2018. Group Exhibitions with Art Musings include Visages, 2023; India Art Fair; 2023, ’18; Strange and Sublime Addresses, 2019; The 20th, 2019; The Flower and the Bulb, 2016; X @ Jehangir, 2008. The artist lives and works in New Delhi and Paris.