The 20th-century artist Doris Hatt (1890-1969) was a Somerset pioneer of British modernism.

Hatt exhibited her vibrant works over almost five decades, beginning in 1920, and contributed to many exhibitions in the South West. Her 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. Clevedon, Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Wedmore are among the recognisable South West landscapes depicted in her art.

Hatt's modernist approach extended beyond her work as an artist. She designed her own Art Deco/Bauhaus style home in Clevedon where she lived with her partner Margery Mack Smith, a school teacher and weaver. It became a meeting place for radical activity in both the arts and politics.

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