Claude Monet. Letter to Georges de Bellio. January 8, 1880 [published in C. Richebé, "Claude Monet au musée Marmottan," 1959–60, p. 122], states that he has sold the still life that Bellio saw to M. Petit for Fr 500, probably this picture.
New York Herald [Paris] (June 29, 1899) [see Ref. Wildenstein 1974].
Gustave Geffroy. Claude Monet: Sa vie, son temps, son œuvre. Paris, 1922, p. 219.
José Pedro Argul. Pintura Francesa de los Siglos XIX y XX: la exposición de David a Nuestros Días. Exh. cat.Montevideo, 1940, p. 17.
John Rewald. The History of Impressionism. rev., enl. ed. New York, 1961, p. 434.
Luigina Rossi Bortolatto. L'opera completa di Claude Monet, 1870–1889. Milan, 1966, pp. 100–101, no. 187, ill., dates it 1880.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, pp. 129–30, ill., dates it about 1880.
John Rewald. "Chocquet and Cézanne." Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 74 (July–August 1969), p. 79 [reprinted in Rewald, "Studies in Impressionism," New York, 1985].
Douglas Cooper. "The Monets in the Metropolitan Museum." Metropolitan Museum Journal 3 (1970), pp. 296–97, 303, 305, fig. 22, dates it 1880; claims that Chocquet owned it from the time it was painted.
John Rewald. The History of Impressionism. 4th rev. ed. New York, 1973, p. 434, mentions that Monet sold a still life to Petit in January 1880 for Fr 500, possibly this picture [see Ref. Monet 1880].
Daniel Wildenstein. Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné. Vol. 1, 1840–1881: Peintures. Lausanne, 1974, pp. 100, 106, 350–51, no. 545, ill., dates it 1879 and tentatively identifies it with a still life bought from Monet by Georges Petit in December 1879, and mentioned in a letter from Monet to de Bellio of January 8, 1880.
John House. "The New Monet Catalogue." Burlington Magazine 120 (October 1978), p. 680.
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 122–23, 252, ill. (color, overall and detail).
Daniel Wildenstein. Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné. Vol. 4, 1899–1926: Peintures. Lausanne, 1985, p. 6 n. 46, p. 23 n. 198, claims that it was included in an exhibition in London in 1901, although he does not list it in his catalogue entry for the picture.
John House. Monet: Nature into Art. New Haven, 1986, pp. 41–42, 236 n. 117, pl. 56, dates it 1879–80 and considers it one of a group of still lifes "directly designed for ready sale".
Karin Sagner-Düchting. Claude Monet, 1840–1926: Ein Fest für die Augen. Cologne, 1990, p. 109, ill. p. 112, dates it 1879.
Christopher Lloyd in Alfred Sisley. Ed. Mary Anne Stevens. Exh. cat., Royal Academy of Arts, London. New Haven, 1992, p. 174 [French ed., "Sisley," Paris, 1992, p. 182], relates the composition to Sisley's "Still Life: Apples and Grapes" (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown) of 1876.
Daniel Wildenstein. Monet. Vol. 2, Catalogue raisonné–Werkverzeichnis: Nos. 1–968. 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, pp. 213–14, no. 545, ill. p. 212 (color).
Daniel Wildenstein. Monet or the Triumph of Impressionism. Vol. 1, 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, p. 149.
Annette Dixon in Monet at Vétheuil: The Turning Point. Exh. cat., University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor. Ann Arbor, Mich., 1998, pp. 76–77, 95, colorpl. 11, suggests that Petit's purchase of it in December 1879 was the decisive factor in persuading Monet to enter the Salon.
David Joel. Monet at Vétheuil and on the Norman Coast, 1878–1883. Woodbridge, England, 2002, p. 106.
Eric M. Zafran in Claude Monet (1840–1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 2007, p. 133.
Joseph Baillio and Cora Michael in Claude Monet (1840–1926): A Tribute to Daniel Wildenstein and Katia Granoff. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 2007, p. 198, fig. 9, date it 1879.
Kathryn Galitz in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 125, 239–40, no. 89, ill. (color and black and white).
Kathryn Galitz in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 140, 282–83, no. 129, ill. (color and black and white).
Sylvie Patry in Inventing Impressionism: Paul Durand-Ruel and the Modern Art Market. Ed. Sylvie Patry. Exh. cat., Musée du Luxembourg, Paris. London, 2015, pp. 104, 277 n. 56 [French ed., "Paul Durand-Ruel: le Pari de l'Impressionnisme," Paris, 2014, pp. 82, 219 n. 56], as possibly the first Monet painting dealer Georges Petit bought, giving date of sale as 1880, but see Wildenstein 1974 and 1996.