An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection

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Childe Hassam, The Garden in Its Glory, 1892

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.

Visiting Information

November 3, 2006 February 4, 2007
Open Daily, 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m
Free Admission


An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection
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.


"An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection" is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum.


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William Merritt Chase
born Williamsburg, IN 1849-died New York City 1916

Painter and teacher.

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Childe Hassam
born Dorchester, MA 1859-died East Hampton, NY 1935

Painter and illustrator. Hassam was a leading American Impressionist whose work was much influenced by Claude Monet.

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Winslow Homer
born Boston, MA 1836-died Prout's Neck, ME 1910

Painter and graphic artist. Homer's illustrations of the Civil War for Harper's Weekly are singular and outstanding examples of wartime reporting.

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John Singer Sargent
born Florence, Italy 1856-died London, England 1925

Painter. Sargent traveled in a circle of socially prominent people and is known for his loosely painted portraits done in a style reminiscent of Edgar Degas and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

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John Henry Twachtman
born Cincinnati, OH 1853-died Gloucester, MA 1902

Painter, founding member of The Ten. He studied with Frank Duveneck, and his early canvases reflected the influence of the Munich Academy.