Claude Monet. Letter to Gaston and Josse Bernheim-Jeune. August 25, 1919 [reprinted in Ref. Wildenstein 1985, p. 403, letter 2319], mentions that he is working on a series of landscapes [including this picture] that may interest them.
[François] T[hiébault].-S[isson]. "Art et curiosité: Une exposition Claude Monet." Le Temps (January 7, 1928), p. 4, mentions it as the newest of the 82 works being exhibited at Durand-Ruel from January 6–19 and produced not more than eight years ago.
Arsène Alexandre. La collection Canonne: Une histoire en action de l'Impressionnisme et de ses suites. Paris, 1930, p. 47, colorpl. 6.
M. Roy Fisher. The Annenberg Collection. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1969, unpaginated, no. 23, ill. (color).
Daniel Wildenstein. Claude Monet. Milan, 1971, ill. p. 81.
Robert Maillard in Denis Rouart and Jean-Dominique Rey. Monet, Water-Lilies: Or the Mirror of Time. New York, 1974, unpaginated, ill. [French ed., 1972].
Charles S. Moffett. Monet's Water Lilies. New York, 1978, pp. 7, 13 n. 24, colorpl. 15, notes that the four signed and dated "Water Lilies" of 1919, including this work, were the only water lilies panels sold by Monet during his lifetime.
Robert Gordon and Charles F. Stuckey. "Blossoms and Blunders: Monet and the State." Art in America 67 (January–February 1979), pp. 103, 110, fig. 1 (color), state that Bernheim-Jeune and Durand-Ruel jointly purchased four small-scale "Water Lilies," including this picture, in October 1919 and exhibited them in Paris and New York beginning in 1921.
Robert Gordon and Andrew Forge. Monet. New York, 1983, ill. p. 277.
Daniel Wildenstein. Claude Monet: Biographie et catalogue raisonné. Vol. 4, 1899–1926: Peintures. Lausanne, 1985, pp. 88–90, 288–89, 324 under no. 1983, 403 (letter 2319), no. 1891, ill.
Charles F. Stuckey, ed. Monet: A Retrospective. New York, 1985, colorpl. 112.
Christian Geelhaar in Claude Monet: Nymphéas. Ed. Christian Geelhaar. Exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Basel. Basel, 1986, p. 114 n. 169.
Catherine Barnett. "A Very Private View: Inside Walter Annenberg's Personal Paradise." Art & Antiques 6 (March 1989), p. 106, ill. (color).
Colin B. Bailey in Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Colin B. Bailey, Joseph J. Rishel, and Mark Rosenthal. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1991, pp. 60–61, 169–70, ill. (color and black and white), notes that it belonged to a group unrelated to Monet's decorative series or to a panel then in progress, but painted "specifically for the art market"; identifies the other three "Water Lilies" sold in 1919 as W1890 (sale, Christie's, London, June 24, 2008, no. 16), W1893 (cut in half prior to 1944; each half in a private collection), and W1894 (sale, Christie's, New York, November 11, 1992, no. 38).
Gary Tinterow. "Miracle au Met." Connaissance des arts no. 472 (June 1991), p. 38.
Jérôme Coignard. "Le Salon de peinture de Mr. et Mrs. Annenberg." Beaux arts no. 92 (July–August 1991), p. 69.
Charles F. Stuckey. Claude Monet, 1840–1926. Exh. cat., Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, 1995, p. 250.
Daniel Wildenstein. Monet. Vol. 4, Catalogue raisonné–Werkverzeichnis: Nos. 1596–1983 et les grandes décorations. 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, pp. 898–99, no. 1891, ill. (color), states that it was purchased by Bernheim-Jeune in November 1919.
Daniel Wildenstein. Monet or the Triumph of Impressionism. Vol. 1, 2nd ed. Cologne, 1996, p. 410.
Paul Hayes Tucker in Monet in the 20th Century. Ed. Paul Hayes Tucker and Mary Anne Stevens. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 1998, pp. 69, 75, 79, fig. 49 (color), cites it as an example of a finished painting and compares it to an incomplete working sketch.
George T. M. Shackelford and Mary Anne Stevens in Monet in the 20th Century. Ed. Paul Hayes Tucker and Mary Anne Stevens. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Boston, 1998, p. 218.
Ira Berkow. "Jewels in the Desert." Art News 97 (May 1998), pp. 146–47, ill. (color).
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1998–1999." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57 (Fall 1999), pp. 5, 60–61, ill. (color).
Pierre Georgel. Monet: Le cycle des "Nymphéas," catalogue sommaire. Exh. cat., Musée National de l'Orangerie. Paris, 1999, pp. 46–47, 225, fig. 48.
Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art. Christie's, New York. May 8, 2000, p. 107, fig. 3 (color).
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. 130.
Impressionist / Modern Evening Sale. Christie's, London. June 24, 2008, pp. 78–79.
Colin B. Bailey in Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Ed. Susan Alyson Stein and Asher Ethan Miller. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. 86, 89–94, no. 18, ill. (color) and p. viii (color, installation photo).
Paul Hayes Tucker in Claude Monet: Late Work. Ed. Paul Hayes Tucker. Exh. cat., Gagosian Gallery. New York, 2010, p. 35, discusses the provenance of four water-lily pictures, of which this is one, in the period of 1919–28 while in Bernheim-Jeune's possession and the dealers' difficulty selling them.