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
Sir John Everett Millais, Ophelia 1851–2
Pablo Picasso, Weeping Woman 1937
David Hockney, A Bigger Splash 1967
John William Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott 1888
Henri Matisse The Snail 1953
Salvador Dalí, Lobster Telephone 1936
John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885–6
James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871
Piet Mondrian, Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red 1937–42
Francis Bacon, Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion c.1944
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth exhibited 1842
Patrick Caulfield, After Lunch 1975
Claude Monet, Water-Lilies after 1916
Damien Hirst, Mother and Child (Divided) (original 1993)
John Constable, Flatford Mill (‘Scene on a Navigable River’) 1816–17
John Martin, The Great Day of His Wrath 1851–3
Sarah Lucas, Self Portrait with Fried Eggs 1996
Joseph Mallord William Turner, Norham Castle, Sunrise c.1845
Totted up your total? See just how much of a colour clever clogs you are when it comes to art if you guessed correctly:
Can’t get your head around the difference between Caulfield’s cornflower, cobalt or cerulean blue? Missed the subtleties of Monet’s impressions of light? Learn the basics in our upcoming series on colour!
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).
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!