George Sakier. "La Peinture française du XIXe siècle au 'Metropolitan Museum of Art' de New-York." L'Amour de l'art 7 (June 1926), p. 203, ill. p. 200, calls it "Mare dans la vallée".
Camille Gronkowski. "L'exposition Courbet." Le Figaro artistique (May 2, 1929), p. 481, calls it "L'Etang dans la vallée" and notes its loan to Exh. Paris 1929.
Five Centuries of European Painting. Exh. cat., Arkansas Arts Center. Little Rock, 1963, p. 43, ill., dates it "sometime between 1851 and 1856"; suggests that it was painted near Fontainebleau; notes the influence of the Barbizon painters.
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. 109–10, ill., date it between 1851 and 1856; suggest that it was painted at Fontainebleau or in the neighborhood of Le Blanc, in the Indre.
Robert Fernier. "Peintures, 1819–1865." La vie et l'oeuvre de Gustave Courbet. 1, Lausanne, 1977, pp. 188–89, no. 325, ill., calls it "Ruisseau, vallée de Fontcouverte" or "L'Étang dans la clairière," and dates it 1862; mistakenly identifies it as no. 113 in "Exposition de peinture au profit des pauvres," Hôtel de Ville, Saintes, January 15–February 11, 1863, and reads the lender's name as Auguin in Courbet's manuscript notes added to the copy of the exhibition catalogue at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris [see Notes].
Pierre Courthion. L'opera completa di Courbet. Milan, 1985, p. 90, no. 312, ill.
Petra ten-Doesschate Chu. The Most Arrogant Man in France: Gustave Courbet and the Nineteenth-Century Media Culture. Princeton, 2007, p. 147, fig. 110, states that it was probably painted in the Saintonge region and that it was once owned by the painter Louis-Augustin Auguin.