Art Term

Palette

A palette is a smooth, flat surface on which artists set out and mix their colours before painting, often designed to be held in the hand

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Jim Dine
Palette II 1969
Tate
Turner’s ‘Chelsea’ palette, used at the end of his life
William Strang, ‘Self-Portrait’ 1919
William Strang
Self-Portrait 1919
Tate

The term also refers to the range of colours habitually used by and characteristic of an artist.

A palette in computer graphics is a chosen set of colours that are each assigned a number, and it is this number that determines the colour of the pixel.