M[ikhail]. P[etrovich]. Nevedomskii and I [lia]. E[fimovich]. Repin. A.I. Kuindzhi. St. Petersburg, 1913, pp. 136–37, 164, 190, ill. opp. p. 92 (color), date it 1905–8; list two sketches for this work.
M[ikhail]. P[etrovich]. Nevedomskii. Kuindzhi. Moscow, 1937, p. 62, ill. p. 91, notes that this picture typifies a new element of stylization and simplification of line apparent in the artist's work after 1880.
John E. Bowlt. "A Russian Luminist School? Arkhip Kuindzhi's Red Sunset on the Dnepr." Metropolitan Museum Journal 10 (1975), pp. 119, 128–29, fig. 1, calls it representative both of Kuindzhi's artistic career and the Russian luminist school; states that "the interchange of color and light . . . achieves an almost cosmic force, a grand tension between physical and abstract, matter and spirit, 'here' and 'there'," and associates this tension with Russian Modernism as a whole.
V[itale]. S[erafimovich]. Manin. Kuindzhi. Moscow, 1976, pp. 122–23, 126–27, 136, 189, 205, fig. 55 (color), mentions a study also dated 1905–8, in the Jdanovskii Regional Museum.
Rebecca A. Rabinow in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 160, 265, no. 149, ill. (color and black and white).
Irina Shuvalova in Arkhip Kuindzhi iz sobraniia Russkogo muzeia. St. Petersburg, 2007, p. 24.