Inscription: Signed (lower right, inside frame): — M Rivera —; signed, dated, and inscribed (on back of frame, along top): MANUEL RIVERA — "METAMORFOSIS" (DESEO) 1961
Pierre Matisse, New York (1961–d. 1989; acquired in October 1961 from the artist; stock no. 4549); his widow, Maria-Gaetana Matisse, née von Spreti, New York (1989–d. 2001); Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Foundation (2002; gift to MMA)
Magdalena Dabrowski in The American Matisse: The Dealer, His Artists, His Collection. The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection. New York, 2009, pp. 130–31, 166, ill. (color).