On the 20 April 1919 Nicolaas Urban informs René Massé in a letter about the death of Emma and describes to him this painting which he could have never seen, while praising Philippe’s progress during his stay in Holland and the importance of his sister in his work: "Philippe’s life and Philippe’s art was one with the life of his dear Emma."1
1. "La vie de Ph. et l’art de Ph. c’était/ un avec la vie de sa chère Emma." (Nicolaas Urban, ALS to René Massé, Laren, 20 April 1919 (Massé album, private archives, Paris).
See biographical note on Emma Smit.