Alfred Robaut. L'Œuvre de Corot: Catalogue raisonné et illustré. [reprint 1965]. Paris, 1905, vol. 3, pp. 52–53, no. 1388, ill.; vol. 4, pp. 212, 292, calls it "La Comédie" and dates it about 1865.
Étienne Moreau-Nélaton in Alfred Robaut. L'Œuvre de Corot: Catalogue raisonné et illustré. [reprint 1965]. Paris, 1905, vol. 1, p. 244 n. 3 [reprinted in Ref. Moreau-Nélaton 1924].
Julius Meier-Graefe. Camille Corot. 3rd ed. Munich, 1913, ill. p. 145, calls it "Die Muse" and dates it about 1865.
August F. Jaccaci. "Figure Pieces of Corot in America: II." Art in America 2 (December 1913), pp. 1–2, calls it "La Comédie" and dates it 1865–70; notes that it is "less monochromatic, more colorful" than previous canvases.
Arsène Alexandre. "La Collection Havemeyer: Courbet et Corot." La Renaissance 12 (June 1929), ill. p. 280, as "La Muse".
"Havemeyer Collection at Metropolitan Museum: Havemeyers Paid Small Sums for Masterpieces." Art News 28 (March 15, 1930), ill. p. 41, as "The Muse—Comedy".
Harry B. Wehle. "The Exhibition of the H. O. Havemeyer Collection." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 25 (March 1930), p. 56.
"The H. O. Havemeyer Collection." Parnassus 2 (March 1930), p. 7.
C. Bernheim de Villers. Corot: Peintre de figures. Paris, 1930, p. 58, no. 223, ill., calls it "La Comédie" and dates it about 1865, noting that it is one of three allegorical figures from that year, the others being "Tragedy" (R1386; private collection) and "Poetry" (R1391; Wallraf Richartz Museum, Cologne).
Julius Meier-Graefe. Corot. Berlin, 1930, pl. XCVII.
Frank Jewett Mather Jr. "The Havemeyer Pictures." The Arts 16 (March 1930), p. 471, compares it to Vermeer's "Woman Reading a Letter" (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam).
H. O. Havemeyer Collection: Catalogue of Paintings, Prints, Sculpture and Objects of Art. n.p., 1931, pp. 62–63, ill., as "Figure Piece–La Muse, Comédie".
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The H. O. Havemeyer Collection. 2nd ed. New York, 1958, p. 15, no. 74, ill.
Sylvie Béguin in Figures de Corot. Exh. cat., Musée du Louvre. Paris, 1962, pp. 126, 128–29, no. 53, ill., calls it "La Muse (comédie)" and dates it about 1865; observes that no attribute characterizes this figure as Comedy; suggests that its resemblance to Vermeer may reflect Corot's trip to Holland in 1854; mentions four other figures of muses, "Tragedy" (R1386), "Poetry" (R1391), "The Pensive Muse" (R1392) and "Muse" (R1582).
Denys Sutton. "The Significance of Corot." Apollo 77 (September 1962), p. 507, calls it "La Muse (Comédie)" and mentions the influence of Vermeer in this picture, noting that Vermeer's art was "in the process of rediscovery in the 1850s".
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. New York, 1966, pp. 56–57, ill., call it "The Muse—Comedy" and date it about 1865; assert that Emma Dobigny posed for this figure.
Victor Carlson in The Forest of Fontainbleau [sic], Refuge of Reality: French Landscape 1800 to 1870. Exh. cat., Shepherd Gallery. New York, 1972, unpaginated, no. 16, ill., remarks that although our picture has been traditionally identified as "Comedy" and considered a companion to Corot's "Tragedy" (R1386) and "Poetry" (R1391), based on their varied sizes, the three canvases were probably not conceived as an allegorical group.
Madeleine Hours. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. New York, , p. 152, dates it 1868 and comments that it reflects Corot's love for the theater.
Hélène Toussaint in Hommage à Corot: Peintures et dessins des collections françaises. Exh. cat., Orangerie des Tuileries. Paris, 1975, p. 119, under no. 107, calls it "La Comédie".
Anthony F. Janson. "Corot: Tradition and the Muse." Art Quarterly, n.s., 1, no. 4 (1978), p. 305, calls it "The Muse of Comedy".
Frances Weitzenhoffer. "The Creation of the Havemeyer Collection, 1875–1900." PhD diss., City University of New York, 1982, p. 312 n. 9, calls it "La Comédie"; states that the Havemeyers purchased this picture from Durand-Ruel in June 1899 [see Ref. Stein 1993].
Antje Zimmermann. "Studien zum Figurenbild bei Corot." PhD diss., Universität Köln, 1986, p. 175, fig. 169.
Denys Sutton in Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Exh. cat., Yokohama Museum of Art. [Tokyo?], 1989, p. 23, as "Muse".
Gary Tinterow in Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Exh. cat., Yokohama Museum of Art. [Tokyo?], 1989, pp. 132–33, no. 79, ill. (color), calls it "Muse" and dates it about 1868–72 because its model, Emma Dobigny, posed primarily in the late 1860s; suggests that it represents Clio, the muse of history, because she wears a laurel wreath and holds a scroll, adding that "interpreting the figure as Clio better explains her pensive air and retrospective gaze".
Susan Alyson Stein in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, pp. 226, 285, states that it was secured by Durand-Ruel, New York from the Paris branch on March 8, 1899 and sold to the Havemeyers on April 6 of that year.
Gretchen Wold in Splendid Legacy: The Havemeyer Collection. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1993, p. 308, no. A104, ill., states that it was purchased by Durand-Ruel, New York from the Paris branch on June 7, 1899 and sold by them to the Havemeyers either on March 8 or April 6 of that year [see Ref. Stein 1993 and Ex-Colls].
Michael Pantazzi in Corot: Souvenirs et variations. Exh. cat., National Museum of Western Art. Tokyo, 2008, pp. 153, 238, 268–69, no. 84, ill. (color).
Vincent Pomarède in The Secret Armoire: Corot's Figure Paintings and the World of Reading. Ed. Mariantonia Reinhard-Felice. Exh. cat., Collection Oskar Reinhart "Am Römerholz," Winterthur. Munich, 2011, p. 36, fig. 15 (color) [German ed., "Corot. L'Armoire secrète: Eine Lesende im Kontext," Munich, 2011], calls it "La Comédie (Comedy)".