Harry B. Wehle. "A Loan of Paintings." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 31 (October 1936), p. 209, as "Head of Nono"; notes that this work is currently on view in the MMA galleries, lent by an anonymous collector.
Henri Matisse. Portraits. Monte Carlo, 1954, ill. p. 21, calls it "Nono Lebasque" and dates it 1909.
Dean Jensen. "Galleries Capture History." Milwaukee Sentinel (April 17, 1979), pp. 1, 7, ill. (color), as "Nono (Portrait of Mlle. Lebasque)"; notes that this painting is on longterm loan to the Milwaukee Art Center.
Thomas Schlotterback in Five Thousand Years of Faces. Exh. cat., Bellevue Art Museum. Bellevue, Wash., 1983, unpaginated.
Michael Lloyd in 20th Century Masters from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Exh. cat., Australian National Gallery. Canberra, 1986, p. 24, ill. (color).
Kay Larson. "The Met Goes Modern: Bill Lieberman's Brave New Wing." New York Magazine 19 (December 15, 1986), ill. p. 44 (color), calls it "Nono".
Pierre Schneider. Henri Matisse: Matisse et l'Italie. Exh. cat., Museo Correr, Venice. Milan, 1987, p. 204, no. P19, ill. p. 67 (color), dates it 1909.
Marianna Minola de Gallotti. "Cronica de Italia." Goya no. 202 (January–February 1988), p. 238, ill.
Walter Guadagnini. Matisse. Milan, 1993, pp. 65, 102, 110, ill. (color).
Roger Benjamin in Matisse. Ed. Caroline Turner and Roger Benjamin. Exh. cat., Queensland Art Gallery. Brisbane, 1995, pp. 28, 186, no. 49, ill. p. 191 (color), dates it 1909 and calls it "typical of the radical simplification [Matisse] sometimes achieved" in his portraits.
John Klein. Matisse Portraits. New Haven, 2001, pp. 127–28, fig. 87 (color), as "Nono (Mlle Lebasque)"; notes that the sitter's real name was Hélène; discusses its similarity to portraits of Matisse's children, Marguerite and Pierre, from the same period.
Pierre Schneider. Matisse. Rev. ed. (English ed., 1984). Paris, 2002, pp. 412, 417 n. 63, p. 446, ill. p. 314 (color), calls it "Portrait de Nono" and dates it 1909; notes that the sitter was the daughter of Matisse's friend, Lebasque, and Pierre Matisse's "'first fiancée'"; states that this picture was given to Lebasque by Matisse in exchange for Lily, a French sheepdog who appears in the painting "Tea" (1919; Los Angeles County Museum of Art).
Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection. New York, 2009, p. 90, reproduces a related pen and ink drawing of the sitter (MMA 2002.456.37a, b), adding that she was eight years old at the time of this portrait.
Maria Luisa Pacelli et al. Matisse, la figura. La forza della linea, l'emozione del colore. Exh. cat., Palazzo dei Diamanti. Ferrara, 2014, pp. 100, 247, no. 12, ill. pp. 108 (color), 247.