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Green. From where the symbolics of this color takes sources?

“Turn green all edges,

Turns green a pond. green frogs

the Song sing


the Fir-tree - a sheaf of green candles,

the Moss - a green floor. the zelenenky grasshopper

the Song got

I …“.

(Sasha Cherny “Green verses“)

“I could compare absolutely green color to quiet, lingering, average tones of a violin“. This is Kandinsky. “If to mix yellow with blue, then color which we call green will turn out. Our eye finds in is mute real satisfaction. If to mix both initial colors in equal proportions … that an eye and soul have a rest on this mix, as on something simple. There is no wish and is impossible to move further“. And it is Goethe considering green color “counterbalancing“ and quiet.

Opinion about green as the most comfortable color for a human eye, also the science divides. In 1930 - e the scientist S. Kravkov celebrated years that influence of green color as much as possible aggravates other sense organs (hearing, sense of smell). At the same time an eye on green “has as if a rest“, pressure in eye vessels goes down and visual acuity is restored. Not without reason this color occupies in, the perceived by us, spectral range average - “basic“ - area. Why so it developed, it is simple to guess if to remember that formation of a human look took place in green “interior“. And our adjective “green“ came from an Old Russian noun “çĺëü“, meaning “young winter crop, greens, a grass“.

So it was moved that the vegetable pigment a chlorophyll reflects a green range in this connection green - one of the most widespread and habitual flowers. Perhaps, the melancholy of the Arabs living in the desert for gardens and trees, led to the fact that green became sacred color of Muslims. Adored green color and in Ancient Egypt surrounded with sand. It was widely used in cosmetics, and Osiris (god of the reviving nature) was quite often called as “Great Green“.

Proceeding from the aforesaid, it is simple to carry out also a chain of the associations connected with these in the color - the nature, spring, youth, updating, hope and even immortality (“evergreen“). Counterbalancing influence and communication by the nature made green a health symbol, and later - and ecological purity.

Still medieval doctors, like smart Goodwin from the Emerald city, recommended to patients to consider a pyramid from green glass - so to speak, for calm. In Christianity color was a symbol of hope, justice and justice. Not without reason it was very popular in culture of the Middle Ages, in particular in clothes (we will remember at least the well-known ancient ballad “Greensleeves“ - “Green sleeves“).

St. Hildegard Bingenskaya, 12th century:

“It arises early in the morning at sunrise. The green furniture of the earth, a grass blossom the freshest freshness now, air is still cool, and the Sun already heats, and plants so greedy absorb a zelenost as the innocent person - mleko. There is not enough heat of the whole day to izvarit and izjest this zelenost … The emerald, therefore, is strong means against all weaknesses and diseases human as the Sun sotvoryat it and its substance from greens of vozdukh is generated“.

Darkish green color as not easily soiled, it is widely used in overalls, and in clothes khaki operate it the masking properties. As I already wrote, green is good what does not distract and an eye does not irritate. Therefore some designers consider that walls of educational rooms at schools should be painted so: a lobby - in green, and lateral - in warm soft yellow. Darkly - green tone are good for an office and library (by the way, reading rooms of libraries are quite often equipped with lamps with the green lamp shade). However it is worth meaning that in connection with a wide circulation in the nature, this scale can bore (“green melancholy“).

The negative symbolics of green color is connected, as well as at yellow , with unhealthy complexion and virulence (“became green for envy / rage“). Green eyes quite often considered as a sign of temptation and insidiousness, and sometimes - envy and greed.

Being associated with an unripe fruit, this color also symbolizes youth and inexperience. You should not forget also that in color perception also shades have an important role (compare, for example, poisonous it is yellow - green, magnificent emerald and solid it is dark - green).

And in end we will address a mind`s eye a crystal surface of the sea where greens of seaweed imperceptibly merge with blue of the sky. It is interesting that in some cultures (China, Ancient Greece) green and blue did not divide and considered them as shades of one color.