The 20th-century artist Doris Hatt (1890–1969) was described in her lifetime by Albert Rutherston as ‘an artist of distinction’ who pursued her own path ‘with delicate modesty and with an artist’s curiosity and conscience.’
She was also a woman ahead of her time – a feminist and socialist whose remarkable life and work have remained surprisingly little known.
Doris was a Somerset pioneer of British modernism. She exhibited her vibrant works over almost five decades, beginning in 1918, and contributed to many exhibitions in the South West.
Doris’s painting style developed over time as she absorbed the major influences of 20th-century modernism, including cubism, purism, abstraction and the works of Cézanne, Picasso, Braque, Dufy and Léger. Her work includes portraiture, still lifes and landscapes.
VISIT THE EXHIBITION
The exhibition ‘A Life in Colour: The Art of Doris Hatt’ is being produced in association with The Court Gallery.
It is open at the Museum of Somerset, Taunton, from 16 March to 29 June.
The charge for this exhibition is Pay What You Think. Proceeds from the sale of the book 'Doris Hatt: Revolutionary Artist' are going to STAR - Somerset Trust for Arts & Recreation. STAR is a charity for Somerset children and young people designated as in need. Their aim is to provide opportunities for children and young people to build and develop resilience through taking part in music, sport, art and recreational activities.