the artist, Springs, N.Y. (until d.1956; his estate, New York, 1956–62); Lee Krasner Pollock, New York (1962–d.1984; her estate, New York, 1984–90; sold to MMA)
Hartford, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. "Continuity and Change: 45 American Abstract Painters and Sculptors," April 12–May 27, 1962, no. 116 (as “Two Sketch Books,” c. 1931–34, lent by Lee Krasner Pollock).
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Jackson Pollock," April 5–June 4, 1967, no. 89 (as "Study after Michaelangelo's 'The Great Flood' from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling," 1938, lent by the estate of the artist).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jackson Pollock: Early Sketchbooks and Drawings," October 21, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Pollock Draws El Greco," September 30, 2003–January 11, 2004, no catalogue.
Bryan Robertson. Jackson Pollock. New York, 1960, pp. 23–24, 97, 137, pl. 86, dates it c. 1930–34; cites this work among those containing "all the seeds...for Pollock's future development"; notes specifically the Calvary procession along the bottom right corner as relating to Pollock's interest in long, horizontal compositions.
Francis V. O'Connor. "The Genesis of Jackson Pollock, 1912 to 1943." PhD diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1965, p. 138–39, pl. 12, identifies this drawing as a study of El Greco's "Annunciation" (ca. 1596–1600, Museo Belguer, Villaveuva y Geltra).
Alberto Busignani. Pollock. New York, 1971, p. 12, fig. 3, titles it "Studies of figures and draperies" and dates it ca. 1931–33.
Francis Valentine O'Connor and Eugene Victor Thaw, ed. Jackson Pollock: A Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Drawings, and Other Works. Vol. 3, Drawings, 1930–1956. New Haven, 1978, p. 42, 53, no. 431, ill., date it ca. 1937–38; identify the motifs as from El Greco's "St. Joseph and the Child Jesus," "Annunciation," "Concert of Angels," "Virgin and Child on a Throne of Clouds with Saints Agnes and Marina," and possibly influenced by Orozco.
Katharine Baetjer. "Pollock Interprets the Old Masters: Sketchbooks I and II." The Jackson Pollock Sketchbooks in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1997, pp. 51, p. 86, no. II:4r, identifies the majority of the drawings to be after El Greco.