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).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jackson Pollock: Early Sketchbooks and Drawings," October 21, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.
Florence. Palazzo Vecchio. "Jackson Pollock: The Figure of the Fury," April 16–July 27, 2014, unnumbered cat. (p. 17).
Bryan Robertson. Jackson Pollock. New York, 1960, p. 97, pl. 97, dates it c. 1930–34; lists it mong works containing "all the seeds...for Pollock's future development".
Mervyn Levy, ed. The Artist and the Nude: An Anthology of Drawings. New York, 1965, pl. 23.
Italo Tomassoni. Pollock. New York, 1978, p. 31, ill. p. 18, reproduces it alongside another sketch (MMA 19990.4.49) as "Two Nudes," 1931–34.
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. 52, no. 451, ill., date it ca. 1937–38; identify the motif as copied from a figure framing Michaelangelo's "Separation of Light from Darkness" on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. Jackson Pollock: An American Saga. New York, 1989, p. 165, ill., date it early 1930s.
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. 44, 57 n. 12, p. 86, no. II:24r.
Carmen C. Bambach inJackson Pollock: The Figure of the Fury. Ed. Sergio Risaliti with Francesca Campana Comparini. Exh. cat., Palazzo Vecchio. Florence, 2014, pp. 95, 128, ill. p. 17 (color).