Lycette Darsonval as ‘Giselle’, Paris Opera (1941). Serge Ivanoff (Russian, 1893-1983). Oil on canvas,
Darsonval (French, 1912-1996) entered the Paris Opéra Ballet School in 1925 and joined the POB five years later. Nominated étoile in 1940. She was a powerful dancer with great authority on stage. She created principal roles in Aveline’s Elvire (1937) and Sylvia (1941); in Lifar’s David Triomphant (1937), Oriane et le Prince d’Amour (1938), Joan de Zarisse (1942), Suite en Blanc and Phèdre. She was also a fine Giselle.