An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection


At the heart of this beautiful volume is a remarkable collection of paintings amassed in the late 1980s by Texans Hugh and Marie Halff.

The works range from Ernest Lawson’s celebration of modern urbanism in his Flatiron Building (1906-07), to the exoticism of Harry Siddons Mowbray’s Two Women (1893-96), and the harmonious plein-air geometry of Theodore Robinson’s The Anchorage,Cos Cob(1894). The Halff’s collection spans the period in American art known as ‘The Gilded Age’, when Ruskin’s credo of ‘truth to nature’ gave way to Whistler’s rallying cry of ‘art for art’s sake’.

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“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.
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