So, how did you get on? Tally up your points according to the answers below and find out just how clued-up on artists’ colour you are

Artwork 1 

Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia 1851–2

Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, Ophelia 1851–2. Oil paint on canvas. Tate palette quiz 2014

Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia 1851–2. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Artwork 2

Pablo Picasso, Weeping Woman 1937

Pablo Picasso, Weeping Woman 1937. Oil paint on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014 © Succession Picasso/DACS 2014

Pablo Picasso, Weeping Woman 1937. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

© Succession Picasso/DACS 2014

Artwork 3

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash 1967

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash 1967. Acrylic paint on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

David Hockney, A Bigger Splash 1967. Acrylic paint on canvas. Tate

© David Hockney

Artwork 4

John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott 1888

John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott 1888. Oil paint on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott 1888. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Artwork 5

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953. Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper mounted on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

Henri Matisse The Snail 1953. Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper mounted on canvas. Tate

© Succession Henri Matisse/DACS 2014

Artwork 6

Salvador Dalí, Lobster Telephone 1936

Salvador Dalí, Lobster Telephone 1936. Steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

Salvador Dalí, Lobster Telephone 1936. Steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper. Tate

© Salvador Dali, Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation/DACS, London 2014

Artwork 7

John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885–6

John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885–6. Oil paint on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885–6. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Artwork 8

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871

James Abbott McNeill, Whistler Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871. Oil paint on wood. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871. Oil paint on wood. Tate

Artwork 9

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937–42

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937–42. Tate © 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/p HCR International

Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937–42. Tate
© 2014 Mondrian/Holtzman Trust c/p HCR International

Artwork 10

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c.1944

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c.1944. Oil paint on 3 boards. Tate colour palette quiz 20

Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c.1944. Oil paint on 3 boards. Tate

Artwork 11

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Artwork 12

Patrick Caulfield, After Lunch 1975

Patrick Caulfield, After Lunch 1975. Acrylic paint on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

Patrick Caulfield, After Lunch 1975. Acrylic paint on canvas. Tate

© The estate of Patrick Caulfield

Artwork 13

Claude Monet, Water-Lilies after 1916

Claude Monet, Water-Lilies after 1916. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Claude Monet, Water-Lilies after 1916. Oil paint on canvas. Lent by the National Gallery 1997. On long term loan

Courtesy National Gallery, London 2003. Photo: Tate

Artwork 14

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided) (original 1993)

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided) 1993/2007. Glass, stainless steel, Perspex, acrylic paint, colour palette quiz 2014

Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided) exhibition copy 2007 (original 1993). Glass, stainless steel, Perspex, acrylic paint, cow, calf and formaldehyde solution. Tate

© Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.

Artwork 15

John Constable, Flatford Mill (‘Scene on a Navigable River’) 1816–17

John Constable, Flatford Mill (‘Scene on a Navigable River’) 1816–17. Oil paint on canvas. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

John Constable, Flatford Mill (‘Scene on a Navigable River’) 1816–17. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Artwork 16

John Martin, The Great Day of His Wrath 1851–3

John Martin Great Day of His Wrath Tate colour palette quiz 2014

John Martin, The Great Day of His Wrath 1851–3. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Artwork 17

Sarah Lucas, Self Portrait with Fried Eggs 1996

Sarah Lucas, Self Portrait with Fried Eggs 1996. Digital print on paper. Tate colour palette quiz 2014

Sarah Lucas, Self Portrait with Fried Eggs 1996. Digital print on paper. Tate

© Sarah Lucas

Artwork 18

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845

JMW Turner Norham Sunrise Tate colour palette quiz 2014

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845. Oil paint on canvas. Tate

Totted up your total? See just how much of a colour clever clogs you are when it comes to art if you guessed correctly:

0–6 works

Can’t get your head around the difference between Caulfield’s cornflowercobalt or cerulean blue? Missed the subtleties of Monet’s impressions of light? Learn the basics in our upcoming series on colour!

6–12 works

Getting there. You sure know your chartreuse from your olive green and would never make the elementary (colour) mistake of identifying an object as turquoise when it is absolutely, most definitely, mint. But what about maroon? Upon seeing a Rothko you cry, ‘surely it should be called Red on Purple?’ (In a word, no).

12–18 works

Well cover me in azure and wash me down with aureolin! You know your artists’ palettes like the back of your ecru hand. Also, doesn’t everyone know that the human eye can identify more variations in warm colours than cool ones? (And that’s because a majority of the six million cones in each eye process the longer light wavelengths of reds, oranges and yellows, duh). Good work!