Odilon Redon. Letter to Maurice Fabre. November 3, 1901 [published in Ref. Bacou 1987, p. 86], informs Fabre that he made a portrait of Madame Fontaine wearing a yellow dress and surrounded by exotic flowers.
Odilon Redon. Letter to Marie Fontaine. December 1, 1901 [published in Ref. Wildenstein 1992, p. 45], mentions that he needs to discuss the portrait with her.
Francis Jammes. Letter to Arthur Fontaine. January 1902 [published in Jean Labbé, "Correspondance 1898–1930, Francis Jammes–Arthur Fontaine," Paris, 1959, pp. 55–56], praises it.
E. Bernard. L'occident (April 1903) [reprinted in "Théories," 1920, p. 137; see Ref. Sterling and Salinger 1967], mentions this painting of "Mme A. F . . . " in discussing Redon's use of decoration to enhance a portrait.
François Daulte. Le Dessin français de Manet à Cézanne. Lausanne, 1954, pp. xx, 58, colorpl. 28 [see Ref. Sterling and Salinger 1967], considers it one of Redon's most finished portraits, observing that it, like the other pastels of this time, is distinguished by its rich color.
Roseline Bacou. Odilon Redon. Geneva, 1956, vol. 1, p. 153; vol. 2, p. 54, no. 76, ill., mentions that it was painted in the summer of 1901 at Saint-George-de-Didonne.
Klaus Berger. "The Pastels of Odilon Redon." College Art Journal 16 (Fall 1956), pp. 29–30, fig. 4, remarks that it is based on "the luminosity attached to the yellow golden garment" and that the sitter was a close friend of Redon's.
Ari Redon. Letter to Margaretta Salinger. December 14, 1961, explains that Marie Escudier divorced Arthur Fontaine and married Dr. Abel Desjardins in 1909.
Klaus Berger. Odilon Redon: Fantasy and Colour. New York, 1965, p. 211, no. 393, fig. 22, erroneously states that the sitter's maiden name was Marie Desjardins.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX–XX Centuries." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 3, New York, 1967, pp. 7–8, ill.
Roseline Bacou. Odilon Redon Pastels. New York, 1987, pp. 16, 86–87, 98, 126, no. 23, ill. (color), reprints Ref. Redon 1901.
Alec Wildenstein. "Portraits et figures." Odilon Redon: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint et dessiné. 1, Paris, 1992, p. 45, no. 84, ill., prints a letter Redon wrote to the sitter in 1901.
Richard Shone. The Janice H. Levin Collection of French Art. Exh. cat., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2002, p. 100, fig. 47.
Isabelle Duvernois. "A Technical Study of Henry Lerolle's 'Organ Rehearsal'." Metropolitan Museum Journal 45 (2010), p. 217, fig. 3 (color), identifies the sitter as the singer in Henry Lerolle's "The Organ Rehearsal" of 1885 (MMA 87.8.12).