Yves Brayer first met Serge Lifar when designing sets and costumes for the Opéra de Paris in 1942 and 1943. It was at that time that he produced his full-length portrait of the dancer. Their paths crossed again in 1946 in Monte Carlo and then back at the Opéra de Paris in 1948 and 1954. The men remained friends for life.
Serge Lifar and Yves Brayer