Delius was married to Jelka Rosen, a German painter of partly Jewish descent. She stuck with the composer despite his philandering ways and his evidently sexually contracted syphilis, even giving up her own career entirely when Delius needed intensive care. Towards the end of Delius’s life Jelka suffered severely from stomach cancer, and she died within a year of him. Their life was portrayed in Ken Russell’s 1968 documentary-drama Song of Summer, in which in one memorable scene Jelka throws rose petals into Delius’s grave from her own wheelchair…
Painting by Jelka Rosen: The Garden at Grez
The Delius/Rosen household contained several interesting works of art by Edward Munch and Gaugain, some of which can be seen on the walls in photos from the study…

Delius was married to Jelka Rosen, a German painter of partly Jewish descent. She stuck with the composer despite his philandering ways and his evidently sexually contracted syphilis, even giving up her own career entirely when Delius needed intensive care. Towards the end of Delius’s life Jelka suffered severely from stomach cancer, and she died within a year of him. Their life was portrayed in Ken Russell’s 1968 documentary-drama Song of Summer, in which in one memorable scene Jelka throws rose petals into Delius’s grave from her own wheelchair…

Painting by Jelka Rosen: The Garden at Grez

The Delius/Rosen household contained several interesting works of art by Edward Munch and Gaugain, some of which can be seen on the walls in photos from the study

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