Friday, 12 March 2010

Mellow Yellow

“There is no blue without yellow and without orange.”
~ Vincent van Gogh (Dutch Painter, one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists, 1853-1890)

Yellow around the globe

* In Chinese culture, colors corresponded with the five primary elements, the directions, and the four seasons. Yellow was associated with earth and the center (in relation to direction).
* The Chinese have placed a predominance upon the color yellow not seen elsewhere in the world. It was the color of emperors during both the Ming dynasty and the Qing dynasty.
* Huangdi, also known as the Yellow Emperor, is thought to be the founder of Chinese civilization, due to the tremendous amount of inventions that took place during his reign.
* In India, yellow is the color of the Vaisya caste, or farmers, and is the color Hindus wear to celebrate the Festival of Spring.
* During the tenth century in France, the doors of traitors and criminals were painted yellow.
* In the United States, taxi cabs and school buses are associated with the color yellow.
* During the 1357 Japanese "War of Dynasty," warriors wore a yellow chrysanthemum as a pledge of courage.
* Jews wore yellow armbands in Nazi concentration camps.
* In Aztec culture, yellow symbolized food because it was the colour of corn, the primary food of the Aztec people.
* Yellow signifies “sadness” in Greece’s culture and “jealousy” in France’s culture.

~ taken from Sensational Colours