An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection
Author: Eleanor Jones Harvey
Copublisher: D. Giles Limited
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 136 pp.: ill. (45 color)
ISBN (Hardcover): 1-904832-32-6
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 worldly artists shaped American taste and helped bring American art into the modern era.