Feeling Blue

Free exhibition: Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue: colour, emotion & colonial art

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.

Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Libraries Tasmania,
Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street,
Hobart, Tasmania 7000. 

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday - 9.30am to 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.30am to 2.00pm
Sunday and public holidays - closed

The exhibition opened on 3 May 2019 and will close on 24 August 2019.

Check out our past exhibitions.