An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection
November 3, 2006 – February 4, 2007
"An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection" presents 26 iconic works by some of America's most talented and cherished artists, including William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and John Twachtman, among others. The selected paintings are from Marie and Hugh Halff's collection, one of the finest private collections of late 19th- and early 20th-century American art. The exhibition is the first time this remarkable collection has been on display in Washington, D.C. Marie and Hugh Halff, who live in San Antonio, acquired these masterpieces during the past 20 years. In addition to reflecting the Halff's keen eye for the finest artworks from this period, the collection also is noteworthy for illustrating the consistency of their vision. The paintings in the collection are linked through a shared sensibility about American cultural aspirations at the turn of the century.
"An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
The accompanying book, which features approximately 75 images, is written by Eleanor Harvey, chief curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.