Gustave Kahn. "Courbet." L'Art et les artistes, n.s., 15 (October 1927), ill. p. 9.
Charles Léger. Courbet. Paris, 1929, p. 90, as "Femme à la source".
H. O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art. n.p., 1931, pp. 80–81, ill., calls it "Nude-La Source" and dates it about 1862.
R. H. Wile[n]ski. French Painting. Boston, 1931, p. 224, dates it about 1862.
Pierre Mac Orlan. Courbet. [Paris], 1951, pl. 31 (overall and detail), as "Baigneuse à la source"; dates it 1862.
Claus Virch and Samuel J. Wagstaff Jr. in Gauguin: Paintings, Drawings, Prints, Sculpture. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1959, p. 51, mention the similarity between this composition and Gauguin's "The Moon and the Earth" (1893; Museum of Modern Art, New York).
Louisine W. Havemeyer. Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector. New York, 1961, pp. 185, 197–98, claims that the figure was painted in France and the landscape at Courbet's villa in Switzerland; states that she bought the picture from Durand-Ruel by cable in 1915 [see Ref. Weitzenhoffer 1986]; compares it to another version of the same subject (Musée d'Orsay, Paris; F627), suggesting that the same model was used for both pictures.
Gaston Delestre. Letter to Margaretta Salinger. March 10, 1962, sees a difference in quality and technique between the figure and the landscape, and suggests that the picture may have been painted by Courbet in collaboration with Hector Hanoteau (1823–1890).
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 121–22, ill., suggest that this picture may be a response to Ingres's painting of the same title (1856; Musée d'Orsay), which had been exhibited at the Galerie Martinet, Paris in 1861; state that technical examination of the picture has revealed no evidence to support the suggestion that this work is a collaboration [see Ref. Delestre 1962].
Georges Boudaille. Gustave Courbet: Painter in Protest. Greenwich, Conn., 1969, ill. p. 98, dates it 1862.
Marie-Thérèse de Forges in Gustave Courbet (1819–1877). Exh. cat., Villa Medici. Rome, 1969, pp. 78, 80, dates it probably about 1862; comments that the title is atypical for Courbet, and suggests that besides possibly being a response to Ingres's work of the same title (Orsay), it may also be a response to Guichard's 1862 brochure attacking Courbet's artistic doctrines.
Roger Bonniot. Gustave Courbet en Saintonge, 1862–1863. Paris, 1973, pp. 88–89, calls it as "Baigneuse à la source" or "La source"; believes that the model in this picture does not reappear in Courbet's other paintings.
Robert Fernier. "Peintures, 1819–1865." La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet. 1, Lausanne, 1977, p. 190, no. 328, ill. p. 191, calls it "Femme à la source"; dates it 1862.
Hélène Toussaint in Gustave Courbet, 1819–1877. Exh. cat., Grand Palais, Paris. London, 1978, p. 178 [French ed., 1977, p. 198], calls it "Spring" and dates it 1861?.
Eldon N[eal]. van Liere. "Solutions and Dissolutions: The Bather in Nineteenth-Century French Painting." Arts Magazine (May 1980), pp. 107–8, fig. 12.
Pierre Courthion. L'opera completa di Courbet. Milan, 1985, p. 91, no. 315, ill., dates it 1862.
Frances Weitzenhoffer. The Havemeyers: Impressionism Comes to America. New York, 1986, pp. 230, 256, pl. 154, dates it 1862; states that Mrs. Havemeyer bought this picture in March 1916 for Fr 50,000 from Durand-Ruel's New York branch, which had recently received it on consignment from a French dealer.
Louisine W. Havemeyer. Sixteen to Sixty: Memoirs of a Collector. 3rd ed. [1st ed. 1930, repr. 1961]. New York, 1993, pp. 185, 195, 197–98, 328 n. 254, p. 330 n. 278, p. 331 n. 282.
Susan Alyson Stein in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 271.
Gary Tinterow in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 22, pl. 21, dates it 1862; considers it the weakest Courbet in the Havemeyer collection.
Gretchen Wold in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 315, no. A135, ill. p. 314.
Anthony Bond in Il Nudo fra Ideale e Realtà: Dal Neoclassicismo ad Oggi. Exh. cat., Galleria d'Arte Moderna Bologna. Florence, 2004, p. 285, fig. 1.
Katharine Baetjer in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, p. 18 [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, p. 18].
Kathryn Calley Galitz in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Chefs-d'œuvre de la peinture européenne. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 2006, pp. 218–20, no. 41, ill. (color) [Catalan ed., Barcelona, 2006, pp. 120–21, no. 33, ill. (color)], asserts that it may have been painted while Courbet was a guest of the collector Etienne Baudry, at his Château de Rochemont, in Saintonge.
Sylvain Amic in Gustave Courbet. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2008, p. 97 [French ed., Paris, 2007].
Laurence des Cars in Gustave Courbet. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2008, p. 386 [French ed., Paris, 2007].