Bronislava Nijinska


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963). Portrait sketch of Bronislava Nijinska, 1924. Ink. Howard D. Rothschild Collection. pf MS Thr 414.4 (44). Bequest, 1989.

Portrait sketch by Jean Cocteau of Bronislava Nijinska

Bronislava Nijinska (1891–1972) was the younger sister of Vaslav Nijinsky, Diaghilev’s greatest male dancer. She was a long-time member of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, dancing many solo roles. She eventually became the company’s principal choreographer - from which time she was identified in programs as “La Nijinska,” a distinction used for artists of the greatest popularity or distinction.