Ambroise Vollard. Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Paintings, Pastels and Drawings. [reprint ed. 1989]. San Francisco, 1918, p. 281, no. 1334, ill.
Paintings by Renoir and Degas. Exh. cat., Art Gallery of Toronto. [Toronto], 1934, p. 3, no. 1, dates it 1873.
Honderd Jaar Fransche Kunst. Exh. cat., Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. [Amsterdam], 1938, p. 114, no. 204, dates it 1873–74; identifies Nini as the same model in "La Loge" of 1874 (Courtauld Gallery, London).
Albert Charpentier. Quelques Maîtres du 18e et du 19e siècle. Exh. cat., Galeries Durand-Ruel. [Paris], 1938, unpaginated, no. 55, dates it 1871–72.
The Great Tradition of French Painting. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. [New York], 1939, p. 16, no. 38.
Nineteenth Century French Paintings. Exh. cat., National Gallery. [London], , p. 6, no. 62, dates it 1874.
M. Roy Fisher. The Annenberg Collection. Exh. cat., Tate Gallery. London, 1969, unpaginated, no. 26, ill. (color), identifies the sitter as Renoir's niece.
Renoir: In Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of Renoir's Death. Exh. cat., Wildenstein & Co., Inc. New York, 1969, unpaginated, no. 93, ill., dates it 1876; identifies the sitter as the daughter of Renoir's brother, Edmond.
François Daulte. "Figures." Auguste Renoir: Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint. 1, Lausanne, 1971, p. 416, no. 147, ill., dates it 1875; identifies the sitter as Nini Lopez, one of Renoir's favorite models, and lists fourteen paintings, including this one, in which she is depicted (D147–149, 161, 164, 222–225, 227, 238, 245, 347–348); notes that the garden is on the rue Cortot.
Elda Fezzi. L'opera completa di Renoir. [reprint ed., 1981]. Milan, 1972, pp. 97–98, no. 192, ill.
Colin B. Bailey in Masterpieces of Impressionism & Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. Exh. cat., Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia, 1991, pp. 30–31, 143, ill. (color and black and white), dates it 1875–76, before Renoir began "Moulin de la Galette" in April 1876 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris; D209); identifies the setting as the garden of Renoir's second studio at 12 rue Cortot, which he rented in the spring of 1875; notes that it was "probably painted at the same session" as "Young Woman Seated in the Garden" of 1876 (private collection, D148); calls Nini Lopez a young woman from Montmartre who appears in at least fourteen of Renoir's paintings between 1874 and 1878.
Impressionist and Nineteenth-Century Art, Part 1. Christie's, London. June 29, 1999, pp. 40–41, fig. 1 (color), under no. 14, illustrates three other garden paintings of Nini wearing the same blue dress as in this picture (all private collection; D148, 194, 271).
Susan Alyson Stein in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2001–2002." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 60 (Fall 2002), pp. 5, 32, ill. (color), dates it 1875–76; remarks that it is part of a series of plein-air figure studies begun in the spring of 1875.
Clare A. P. Willsdon. In the Gardens of Impressionism. New York, 2004, pp. 166, 168–69, 267 n. 57, p. 282, colorpl. 173, dates it 1875–76; suggests that it depicts an orchard or kitchen garden area of the rue Cortot site.
Colin B. Bailey in Renoir Landscapes: 1865–1883. Exh. cat., National Gallery. London, 2007, pp. 62, 79 n. 73, p. 186.
Guy-Patrice Dauberville, Michel Dauberville, with Camille Fremontier-Murphy. "1858–1881." Renoir: Catalogue raisonné des tableaux, pastels, dessins et aquarelles. 1, Paris, 2007, p. 344, no. 302, ill., date it about 1875 and note that Nini was Renoir's favorite model from 1875–79.
Colin B. Bailey in Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection. 4th rev. ed. [1st ed., 1989]. New York, 2009, pp. 103–7, no. 20, ill. (color), dates it to summer 1876, noting that Renoir did not move to the rue Cortot until May of that year.