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An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection

Eleanor Jones Harvey

This full-color catalogue provides a rare insight into a stunning private collection of American Art. Hugh and Marie Halff, connoisseurs based in San Antonio, Texas, have read, studied, and traveled widely in their quest. With unerring judgment, they have acquired masterpieces that not only please the eye, but challenge the mind. Presented here, twenty-six of their paintings brilliantly capture the aesthetic sensibility of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America.

The Halff collection encompasses artists rich in stylistic influence and painterly flair. While impressionists such as Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, and John Twachtman figure prominently, the collection also includes works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, and other luminaries. Impressionist landscapes by Willard Metcalf and Theodore Robinson offset contemplative interiors by William Paxton and Edmund Tarbell. Whether under the spell of French impressionists, James McNeill Whistler, Near Eastern romance, or Japanese prints—these worldy artists shaped American taste and helped bring American art into the modern era.

 

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Product Details

Co-Publisher
Copublished with D. Giles Limited
Year Published
2006
Pages
136 pp.: ill. (45 color)
ISBN
  • Hardcover: 1-904832-32-6
Dimensions
9 1212 14 in.

Exhibitions

Media - 1929.6.56 - SAAM-1929.6.56_1 - 52026
An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection
November 3, 2006February 4, 2007
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.