Gustave Coquiot. Lautrec, ou quinze ans de mœurs parisiennes, 1885–1900. Paris, 1921, pp. 61, 121, identifies Grenier as a painter and friend of Lautrec; tentatively dates the picture 1887, and locates it in the collection of Pierre Decourcelle.
Maurice Joyant. "Peintre." Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864–1901. 1, Paris, 1926, pp. 106, 264.
Maurice Joyant. "Dessins - estampes - affiches." Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864–1901. 2, Paris, 1927, p. 8, compares it to a Cranach portrait in the Brussels museum.
Achille Astre. H. de Toulouse-Lautrec. Paris, , p. 81.
Gerstle Mack. Toulouse-Lautrec. New York, 1938, p. 268, dates it 1888.
François Gauzi. Lautrec et son temps. Paris, 1954, pp. 27, 58 n. 2, as "Portrait de M. Grenier, artiste peintre," in the collection of Mme P. Decourcelle [sic]; dates it 1888; gives biographical information on the sitter.
Catalogue of the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. James Fosburgh. 1955, p. 94.
Alfred Frankfurter. "Y art." Art News 55 (May 1956), p. 24, ill. p. 22.
Henri Perruchot. T-Lautrec. Cleveland, 1960, p. 129 [French ed., 1958, p. 146], notes that the artist painted portraits of Grenier in the winter of 1888.
M. G. Dortu. Toulouse-Lautrec et son œuvre. New York, 1971, vol. 1, p. 124; vol. 2, pp. 138–39, no. P.304, ill., reads the date inscribed on the reverse as 1888 rather than 1887.
G. M. Sugana in The Complete Paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec. London, 1973, p. 100, no. 204, as "Portrait of the Artist Rene Grenier," in a private collection in France [sic].
Mary Sprinson in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1979–1980. New York, 1980, pp. 44–45, ill., calls it "René Grenier" and dates it 1887.
Charles S. Moffett. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pp. 11, 232–33, ill. (color), discusses the influence of Holbein, Cranach, and their contemporaries on this picture; calls it a "sensitive character study," closely resembling works by Degas.
Anne Roquebert in Toulouse-Lautrec. Exh. cat., Hayward Gallery. London, 1991, p. 72 n. 83, identifies the sitter as Albert Grenier.
Danièle Devynck. Toulouse-Lautrec & ses amis. Exh. cat., Musée Toulouse-Lautrec. Albi, 1992, pp. 36–37, ill., dates it 1888 and erroneously locates it in a private collection, New York.
Julia Frey. Toulouse-Lautrec: A Life. London, 1994, p. 248.
Colta Ives. Toulouse-Lautrec in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1996, pp. 26, 61, fig. 27 (color), remarks that Lautrec and the sitter first became friends in the atelier of Léon Bonnat in 1882, and that later both were students of Fernand Cormon; notes that this portrait combines naturalism with "the loosened brushstrokes of Impressionism".
Eugenia Querci in Toulouse-Lautrec: Uno sguardo dentro la vita. Exh. cat., Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome. Milan, 2003, pp. 130–31, no. I.12, ill. (color), calls it "Monsieur Grenier, artiste peintre" and dates it 1888.
Susan Alyson Stein 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. 154, 258–59, no. 114, ill. (color and black and white).