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)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Jackson Pollock: Early Sketchbooks and Drawings," October 21, 1997–February 8, 1998, no catalogue.
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. 59, no. 462, ill., date it ca. 1938–39.
Lisa Mintz Messinger. "Pollock Studies the Mexican Muralists and the Surrealists: Sketchbook III." The Jackson Pollock Sketchbooks in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1997, pp. 67, 69, 76, 79, 84 nn. 34, 36, p. 86, no. III:3r, states that the figure in this work evolved from the artist's studies of the old masters, but also relates it to the rope–tied nude in Siqueiros' "Proletarian Victim" (1933; Museum of Modern Art, New York); notes that watercolor marks on the veso of this work an the recto of MMA 1990.4.58 "line up exactly," suggesting that these two "were once consecutive pages in the sketchbook".
Kirk Varnedoe in Kirk Varnedoe Pepe Karmel. Jackson Pollock. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 1998, p. 26, fig. 9.