Inscription: Signed and dated (on reverse): 50 / Pousette-Dart
the artist, Suffern, N.Y. (1950–87; sold to MMA)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "New York School, the First Generation: Paintings of the 1940s and 1950s," July 16–August 1, 1965, no. 89 (as ca. 1955–56, lent by the artist).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Richard Pousette–Dart (1916–1992)," November 4, 1997–February 22, 1998, no. 9.
Lisa M. Messinger inRecent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1986–1987. New York, 1987, p. 71, ill., identifies this painting as one of the artist's first works in acrylic.
David A. Miller in Robert Hobbs and Joanne Kuebler. Richard Pousette-Dart. Exh. cat., Indianapolis Museum of Art. Indianapolis, 1990, p. 170.
Lowery Stokes Sims inRichard Pousette-Dart (1916–1992). Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1997, pp. 12–13, 70, no. 9, colorpl. 9.
Pepe Karmel. "Richard Pousette–Dart: The Body of Painting." Richard Pousette–Dart: The New York School and Beyond. Ed. Sam Hunter and Joanne Kuebler. Milan, 2005, pp. 25–26, 28, 30, fig. 15 (color), compares this painting's columnar arrangement, and the contrast between the white figures and the gold–and–brown background to mosaics found in Ravenna, Italy.