Feeling Blue

Current exhibition: Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue - Free Exhibition 3 May - 24 August

Feeling blue delves into the inner lives of colonial artists in Tasmania. It explores emotions symbolised by blue. Optimism, sadness and serenity. It focuses on artists whose intimate diaries and letters have survived.

The writings of Catherine Augusta Mitchell, John Skinner Prout, G. T. W. B. Boyes, Samuel Prout Hill and Mary Morton Allport reveal both tragic events and optimism.

The exhibition also explores colour itself. The paintings selected show a striking, unusual or subtle use of blue. From the 1830s, the blue pigments available to artists in the colony were Prussian, Antwerp, cobalt and ultramarine. The differing palettes of each artist reveal their unique approach to colour.

All works in this exhibition are from the State Library of Tasmania's rich collection of colonial art and records from the Tasmanian Archives. The exhibition is located at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Libraries Tasmania, Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000.

Check out our past exhibitions.