"Exposition de M. Puvis de Chavannes." La Chronique des arts (October 20, 1894), p. 252, as "La Rivière".
Paintings, Pastels and Decorations by M. Puvis de Chavannes. Exh. cat., Durand-Ruel Galleries. New York, 1894, p. 18, no. 5, dates it 1893.
Charles Yriarte. "Beaux-Arts: Six oeuvres de M. Puvis de Chavannes (Galerie Durand-Ruel)." Le Figaro (November 10, 1894), p. 1.
Arsène Alexandre. Puvis de Chavannes. London, , ill. p. 38, erroneously identifies it as the final Amiens decoration.
Roger Fry. Letter to Bryson Burroughs. March 31, 1909 [published in Denys Sutton, ed., "Letters of Roger Fry," vol. 1, New York, 1972, letter no. 263, p. 319], reports that this picture and "Cider" are available for purchase through Durand-Ruel.
"Exhibition: One Hundred Years of French Painting 1812–1912." Apollon 3, part 1, no. 5 (1912), ill. between pp. 40 and 41.
René Jean. L'Art français a Saint-Pétersbourg: Exposition centennale. Exh. cat.Paris, 1912, pp. 59–60, finds the landscape in this picture and its pendant reminiscent of Corot.
François Monod. "L'Exposition centennale de l'art français à Saint-Pétersbourg (2e et dernier article)." Gazette des beaux-arts, 4th ser., 7 (April 1912), p. 323, calls it "Pêcheurs".
James Huneker. Letter to John Quinn. March 13, 1913 [published in Josephine Huneker, ed., "Letters of James Gibbons Huneker," New York, 1922, p. 154], congratulates Quinn on the purchase of "the various Puvises".
Léon Riotor. Puvis de Chavannes. Paris, , pp. 26, 66, calls it "la Pêche"; mentions that two decorative sketches called "le Cidre" and "la Pêche" were exhibited at Durand-Ruel in October–November 1894.
B[ryson]. B[urroughs]. "A Recent Loan of Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 10 (April 1915), p. 76, states that John Quinn has lent this picture to the MMA; describes it and "Cider" as studies for an 1865 decoration at the head of the stairway on the second floor in the Picardy Museum, Amiens, noting that the Amiens installation is one continuous landscape, intersected by a central doorway.
James Huneker. Ivory Apes and Peacocks. New York, 1915, p. 306, dates it 1866.
James Huneker. Letter to John Quinn. March 26, 1916 [published in Josephine Huneker, ed., "Letters of James Gibbons Huneker," New York, 1922, p. 206].
John Quinn, 1870–1925: Collection of Paintings, Water Colors, Drawings & Sculpture. Huntington, N.Y., 1926, p. 13.
Léon Werth. Puvis de Chavannes. Paris, 1926, p. 125, pl. 9.
Camille Mauclair. Puvis de Chavannes. Paris, 1928, p. 162, erroneously calls it a sketch for the left side of the Amiens decoration.
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. 225–27, ill., remark that this composition was originally incomplete at the lower right corner, corresponding to where the architectural elements in Amiens intruded on the actual decoration; note that this picture was finished and signed at a later date when it was no longer needed as a study and could be sold.
B[enjamin]. L[awrence]. Reid. The Man from New York: John Quinn and His Friends. New York, 1968, pp. 160–61, 197, 200, notes that Quinn paid $28,000 for this work and "Cider," making this his costliest purchase to date; erroneously states that it was shown in the 1900 Paris Exposition.
Richard J. Wattenmaker. Puvis de Chavannes and the Modern Tradition. Exh. cat., Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, 1975, pp. xxiv, 27–29, 58, 65.
Jacques Foucart-Borville. La Genèse des peintures murales de Puvis de Chavannes au Musée de Picardie. Amiens, 1976, pp. 58–61, fig. 14, dates it just before November 1864, suggesting that it was retouched in 1893.
Louise d'Argencourt in Puvis de Chavannes, 1824–1898. Exh. cat., Grand Palais, Paris. Ottawa, 1977, p. 64 [French ed., Paris, 1976, p. 67].
Brice Rhyne. "John Quinn: The New York 'Stein'." Artforum 17 (October 1978), p. 59, notes that Quinn specified this picture and its companion be offered for sale to the MMA after his death.
Judith Zilczer. "The Noble Buyer:" John Quinn, Patron of the Avant-Garde. Exh. cat., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. Washington, 1978, p. 179.
Aimée Brown Price. Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Exh. cat., Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam, 1994, p. 104, under no. 37.
Gary Tinterow. "Letters: The New Rooms at the Metropolitan Museum, New York." Burlington Magazine 136 (April 1994), p. 241.
From Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso: Toward Modern Art. Exh. cat., Palazzo Grassi, Venice. [Milan], 2002, p. 547, figs. 1, 6 (color, overall and detail) and ill. p. 545.
Kathryn Calley 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. 64–65, 248, no. 42, ill. (color and black and white).
Kathryn Calley Galitz in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 74–75, 294, no. 69, ill. (color and black and white).
Aimée Brown Price. "The Artist and His Art." Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. 1, New Haven, 2010, pp. 52, 222 n. 198.
Aimée Brown Price. "A Catalogue Raisonné of the Painted Work." Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. 2, New Haven, 2010, pp. 99–100, 110, 302, no. 130, ill., calls it "La Rivière" or "Les Pêcheurs" or "Raccommodage des filets / The River"; dates it about 1864, noting that the mural dates from 1864–65; reproduces a drawing for the standing woman wringing her hair (private collection, Lyons); notes that the seated nude seen from the back reappears in "Fishing" (presumably destroyed; Price no. 139) and was replaced in the Amiens mural by the figure of an old woman; observes that the standing woman holding a child on the far left became the source for "Bresse" (about 1872; present location unknown; Price no. 325) and "Maternity" (about 1887; private collection, France; Price no. 324).