Michael Parke-Taylor. André Derain in North American Collections. Exh. cat., Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina. Regina, 1982, pp. 96–97, no. 36, ill., notes that the sitter was the second wife of the Parisian art dealer L. E. van Leer, whose gallery exhibited Derain's works; states that Derain painted several portraits of Rita between 1928 and 1930.
Michel Kellermann. André Derain: Catalogue de l'œuvre peint. Vol. 2, 1915–1934. Paris, 1996, p. 226, no. 1196, ill., dates it about 1929–30.
Merlin James. "Book Reviews: André Derain. Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. Tome II (1915–1934)." Burlington Magazine 140 (May 1998), p. 336.