16th March 2019 - 29th June 2019

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.’

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 1920, 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.

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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.


“Only John Berger spotted Hatt’s talent the first time around. Only he wrote about the single London show that she staged in 1955. Now, 50 years after her death…..we are offered another chance. Make the most of it,”

Rachel Campbell-Johnston The Times newspaper chief art critic

Doris Hatt

Doris’s modernist approach extended beyond her work as an artist. Read more about her revolutionary spirit.

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Associated Publications

Two books are being published about Doris’s life and work. Find them on the Court Gallery website

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Dates and locations

  • Saturday, 16th March 2019 - Saturday, 29th June 2019, 10:00 - 5:00