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Haft, Morris W.

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role Collector
dates 1886-1968
city New York City
other citiesPalm Beach, FL;
gender M
historical notes Morris William Haft worked in the NYC Garment industry and collected French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.

The Haft collection included work by, among others, Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Corot, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro, William Thon, Albert Marquet, and Arthur Szyk.

Haft was the Chairman of the board of the company he founded with his brothers, Morris W. Haft & Bros., in 1916 until it was liquidated in 1955. Haft assisted in establishing NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology and served as chairman of its board.

Haft was the president of the Ladies Coat and Suit Association and was on the board of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and of the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital.

Haft sold his collection at Trosby Galleries in Palm Beach, FL., in February of 1965. Haft was married to Fannie B. Haft (d. 1969).

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