Harriet Janis and Rudi Blesh. De Kooning. New York, 1960, p. 16, no. 3, call it "Acrobat," date it ca. 1936, and locate it in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Hess.
Thomas B. Hess. Willem de Kooning: Drawings. Greenwich, Conn., 1972, p. 23.
Harold Rosenberg. De Kooning. New York, , p. 8, pl. 24, calls it "Acrobat" and dates it about 1942.
Lowery S. Sims in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1975–1979. New York, 1979, p. 73, ill.
Henry Geldzahler. Twelve Americans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., New York State Senate, Albany. New York, 1980, pp. 14–15, ill.
Sally Yard. "Willem de Kooning's Men." Arts Magazine 56 (December 1981), pp. 137, 139–41, 143, ill., calls it "Acrobat" and dates it ca. 1942; erroneously locates it with the estate of Thomas B. Hess.
William S. Lieberman in Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York: de Ramsès à Picasso. Exh. cat., Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux. Bordeaux, 1981, pp. 170–71, no. 221, ill., calls it "Acrobate" and dates it ca. 1942.
Lowery S. Sims in Profil du Metropolitan Museum of Art de New York: de Ramsès à Picasso. Exh. cat., Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux. Bordeaux, 1981, p. 167.
Jörn Merkert in Willem de Kooning: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture. Exh. cat., Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Munich, 1983, p. 117, no. 148, ill. p. 147 (color).
Lowery Stokes Sims. The Figure in 20th Century American Art: Selections from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exh. cat., Jacksonville Art Museum. New York, 1985, pp. 115, 124–25, ill.
Sally Yard. Willem de Kooning: The First Twenty–Six Years in New York. PhD diss., Princeton University. New York, 1986, pp. 115–18, fig. 129, calls it "Acrobat" and dates it circa 1942; relates that although influenced by Picasso's similar subjects, the artist himself noted that this painting was inspired by his friendships with acrobats, clowns, and vaudevill performers.
Hilton Kramer. "Though Exhibiting It Badly, Met Offers a Worthy de Kooning Show." New York Observer (August 28, 1989), p. 19, dates it about 1942.
Marla Prather in Willem de Kooning: Paintings. Exh. cat., National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C., 1994, p. 84 n. 27, dates it about 1942.
Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan. De Kooning: An American Master. New York, 2004, p. 175, call it "Acrobat"; describe the figure as "breaking apart" and state that de Kooning called the type of space in this composition a "no–environment".
Florian Steininger in Willem de Kooning. Ed. Ingried Brugger and Florian Steininger. Exh. cat., Kunstforum Wien. Vienna, 2005, p. 48, 57, 186, no. 5, ill. p. 52 (color).
Jennifer Field in John Elderfield. De Kooning: A Retrospective. Ed. David Frankel. Exh. cat., Museum of Modern Art, New York. New York, 2011, pp. 92, 118 n. 17, fig. 6 (color).
Judith Zilczer. A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning. London, 2014, p. 48, fig. 58 (color).