Inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (verso): XVIII/ Composition/ 1952 No. V/ hans hofmann
[Kootz Gallery, New York, 1953; sold to private collection]; private collection (from 1953); Dr. and Mrs. Louis R. Wasserman, New York (until 1979; their gift to MMA)
New York. Kootz Gallery. "Hans Hofmann: Recent Paintings," October 28–November 22, 1952, unnum. brochure.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Hans Hofmann in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 13–October 17, 1999, no. 2.
Lowery S. Sims. Hans Hofmann in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1999, pp. 5, 9, no. 2, ill. p. 21 (color).
Grace Glueck. "An Abstractionist Dancing with Color." New York Times (May 21, 1999), p. E32.
Suzi Villiger, ed. Hans Hofmann: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings. Vol. 3, Catalogue Entries P847–PW89 (1952–1965). Surrey, 2014, p. 15, no. P861, ill. (color), calls it "Composition No. V"; lists the alternate title, not given by the artist, "Composition #5—Poodle".