Inscription: Signed (lower right): Francis Picabia
the artist, Paris (until d. 1953); his widow Olga Picabia, Paris (1953–82; sold in 1982 to Boone and Werner); [Mary Boone and Michael Werner Gallery, New York, 1982–83; sold by Boone to MMA]
New York. Mary Boone / Michael Werner Gallery. "Francis Picabia," September 10–October 22, 1983, unnumbered cat. (as "Portrait of Madame Desnos [Kiki]").
Karuizawa. Museum of Modern Art, Seibu Takanawa. "Francis Picabia," July 21–September 5, 1984, no. 63 (as "Mme Robert Desnos [portrait]," ca. 1938.
Tokyo. Seibu Museum of Art. "Francis Picabia," September 9–October 21, 1984, no. 63.
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," September 14–November 24, 2002, no. 69 (dated 1940).
Tokyo. Bunkamura Museum of Art. "Picasso and the School of Paris: Paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York," December 7, 2002–March 9, 2003, no. 69.
Robert Rosenblum. Francis Picabia. Exh. cat., Mary Boone / Michael Werner Gallery. New York, 1983, unpaginated, ill. (color), dates it 1941–42; identifies the sitter as the wife of the Surrealist writer Robert Desnos.
[Herbert] Schuldt. Francis Picabia. Exh. cat., Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf. Cologne, 1983, pp. XLI, 182, no. 132, ill. p. 126, calls it "Portrait"; dates it about 1941–42 in the text and 1940–42 in the checklist; erroneously locates it with the Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne.
Maria Lluïsa Borràs. Picabia. New York, 1985, p. 530, no. 738, fig. 947, calls it "Portrait" and dates it 1940–41.