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The artist, Paris; sold through Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler (1884-1979) to Alfred Flechtheim (1878-1937), Düsseldorf, Berlin, and London, 1912 ; [on loan to Alex Reid & Lefevre, London] ; acquired by Douglas Cooper (1911-1984), London, 1934 or after ; acquired by Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York, March 1937 ; sold to Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., New York, 1937 ; acquired by Florene (1903-1995) and Samuel A. Marx (1948-1964), Chicago, 1955 ; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1996 (Florene May Schoenborn Bequest).
 See Das Kunstblatt vol. 15 (January 1931), p. 13, qtd. in Ottfried Dascher, Alfred Flechtheim: Sammler, Kunsthändler, Verleger, Wädenswil: Nimbus, 2011, p. 432.
Included in the exhibition Ausstellung Pablo Picasso, Moderne Galerie Heinrich Thannhauser, Munich, February 1913 (no. 52: Frauenkopf, reproduced). See Carl Einstein, Die Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Berlin: Propyläen-Verlag 1928, p. 265: "Frau mit Birnen. 1909. Berlin: Galerie Flechtheim (früher Kopenhagen, Sammlung Tetzen-Lund)." Tetzen-Lund's ownership is unclear.
 With Alex Reid & Lefevre, London, according to Pierre Daix, Picasso: The Cubist Years 1907-1916, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings and Related Works, London: Thames and Hudson, 1979, no. 290. Included in the exhibition Thirty Years of Pablo Picasso, Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London (June 1931), no. 10: "Collection Alfred Flechtheim."
 Offered for sale at the exhibition 20th Century Classics, Mayor Gallery, London, February-March, 1934. Previously shown at the exhibitions Picasso, Galeries Georges Petit, Paris, June 15-July 30, 1932 (no. 50) and Picasso, Kunsthaus Zurich, September 11-October 30, 1932 (no. 52).
 See Pierre Matisse Gallery Archives, The Morgan Library & Museum, Subseries: Cooper, Douglas, 1911-1984, 113.32 (Correspondence, 1936-1941, 1952-1953, 1982).
 Zervos vol. II.1 (1942), no. 170. Included in the exhibition Selected Exhibition of the Walter P. Chrysler Collection, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, October 1937 (no. 11). Lent by Chrysler to the exhibition Picasso, Forty Years of His Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 15, 1939-January 7, 1940 (no. 84).
 Pierre Daix, Picasso: The Cubist Years 1907-1916, no. 290.
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