A Life in Colour: The Art of Doris Hatt

A new exhibition at the Museum of Somerset.

The 20th-century artist Doris Hatt (1890–1969) was described in her lifetime as ‘an artist of distinction’ who pursued her own path ‘with delicate modesty and with an artist’s curiosity and conscience.’

Doris was a Somerset pioneer of British modernism. She exhibited her vibrant works over almost five decades, beginning in 1920, and contributed to many exhibitions in the South West. Doris lived in Clevedon from 1922 firstly at Corsica Villa, Marine Parade and later in the distinctive Art Deco/Bauhaus building, Littlemead.

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 life and landscapes.

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.


A new book, “Doris Hatt Revolutionary Artist” has been published by South West Heritage Trust to accompany the Exhibition.