Robert Jarvis. "Sketching from Nature." Art Amateur (July 1886), p. 30, fig. 6 (print), as "The Colza-Gatherers".
Walter Rowlands. "Art Sales in America." Art Journal, n.s., (1887), p. 295, as "Colza Gatherers"; notes that it brought [the American equivalent of] £3,320 at the Probasco sale in 1887.
"Mr. Probasco's Paintings." New York Times (April 11, 1887), p. 5, as "Colza Gatherers—Sunset with New Moon".
"The Probasco Paintings: Not Bringing as Much as Was Expected." New York Times (April 19, 1887), p. 5, reports that it sold for $16,600 at the Probasco sale, adding that "it is believed that this Breton goes to Erwin Davis" [see Ref. Art Amateur, June 1887].
"The Probasco Collection." Art Amateur (May 1887), p. 124.
"The Sale of the Probasco Collection of Paintings." Art Amateur (June 1887), p. 25, reports that this painting was "ostensibly sold at the [Probasco] auction" but then "sold privately" to S. A. Coale.
Jules Breton. The Life of an Artist: Art and Nature. New York, 1891, ill. opp. p. 244, as "The Colza Gatherers," in the collection of C. P. Huntington, New York.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 180–81, ill., as "The Weeders (Les Sarcleuses)"; call it a replica with minor variations of the painting of the same title shown in the 1861 Salon (Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha); suggest that the MMA painting may have been commissioned when the original was shown at the 1867 World's Fair; note that there is a preparatory oil sketch (location unknown).
Albert Boime. The Academy and French Painting in the Nineteenth Century. London, 1971, p. 107, fig. 73, as "Pulse Gatherers".
Jean Bouret. L'École de Barbizon et le paysage français au XIXe siècle. Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 1972, p. 265, ill. p. 248.
Carl R. Baldwin. "The Salon of '72." Art News 71 (May 1972), p. 20, ill., states erroneously that this picture won the Medal of Honor in the Salon of 1872.
Gregory Hedberg in Millet's Gleaners. Exh. cat., Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Minneapolis, 1978, pp. 9, 11–12 n. 4, p. 46, no. 22, fig. 1, compares it to Millet's "Gleaners" (1857; Musée d'Orsay, Paris), commenting that Breton depicts individualized figures captured at a specific moment in time, while Millet's figures are more anonymous and dignified, and his image more eternal.
Madeleine Fidell Beaufort. "'Fire in a Haystack' by Jules Breton." Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts 57, no. 2 (1979), p. 61, fig. 8.
Annette Bourrut-Lacouture in Hollister Sturges. Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. Exh. cat., Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha, 1982, pp. 30, 42.
Madeleine Fidell-Beaufort in Hollister Sturges. Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. Exh. cat., Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha, 1982, pp. 56, 61 n. 45.
Candace Clements in Hollister Sturges. Jules Breton and the French Rural Tradition. Exh. cat., Joslyn Art Museum. Omaha, 1982, pp. 74–76, 96, 135, no. 14, ill.
Sjraar van Heutgen et al. in Franse meesters uit het Metropolitan Museum of Art: Realisten en Impressionisten. Exh. cat., Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam. Zwolle, The Netherlands, 1987, pp. 10, 17–18, 40–41, no. 7, ill. (black and white and color).
Roger Hurlburt. "Free Spirits." Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale) (December 20, 1992), p. 4D.
Albert Boime. The Art of the Macchia and the Risorgimento: Representing Culture and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Italy. Chicago, 1993, p. 110, fig. 3.21, as "Pulse Gatherers"; notes that the artist "tend[s] to idealize and even trivialize work and those engaged in it".
Susan Alyson Stein in The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1800–1920. Exh. cat., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. New York, 2007, pp. 72, 183, no. 48, ill. (color and black and white).
Linda Nochlin. Courbet. New York, 2007, p. 215 n. 30.
Susan Alyson Stein in Masterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 81, 216, no. 75, ill. (color and black and white).
Chris Stolwijk in Van Gogh and the Colours of the Night. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 2008, p. 26.
Maite van Dijk in Van Gogh and the Colours of the Night. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art. New York, 2008, pp. 113, 153, fig. 77 (color).
Susan Alyson Stein in Earth, Sea, and Sky: Nature in Western Art; Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. [Tokyo], 2012, pp. 76, 85, 220–21, no. 33, ill. (color and b&w) [Chinese ed., Hefei Shi, 2013, pp. 74–75, no. 33, ill. (color)].