The Meaning of Blue – the Colour of the Distant Heavens

Dec 24 2012 Published by neilgains under semiotics

Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

“Silence is the most fitting connotation of beauty, like the peace of the calm, blue sea.” – Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling

“I perceive blue as a movement of detachment from man, from the human, a movement that draws us toward the centre of this colour but also towards the infinite, awakening in us a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural.” – Wassily Kandinsky Read more »

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The Meaning of Green – the Colour of Fate

Dec 17 2012 Published by neilgains under semiotics

“So long as hope has anything of green.” – Dante

“Green, how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches.” – Frederico Garcia Lorca

Whether you live in the temperate climbs of the UK or nearer the equator in the tropics, one of the first associations with the colour green is with nature, trees and vegetation. For this reason, green is also associated with the fertility of life (and ideas). The Green Man was an ancient symbol of fertility (and still a common reference today).  Read more »

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The Meaning of Yellow – the Colour of the Golden Sun

Nov 27 2012 Published by neilgains under semiotics

“Yellow contains the nature of brightness and possesses a powerful force that can also give rise to tension and anxiety.” – Goethe

“Each colour has its own quality; yellow is warm but also produces negative effects.”  - Wassily Kandinsky

Yellow is the colour of the sun and gold, and was one of the first colours to be recognised by man as important, signifying a heavenly body and a divine metal with all the meanings that still stem from that. Yellow is the colour of Apollo, the sun god, and the solar plexus chakra which is linked to fire. It has meanings associated with joy, vivacity, intellect, force, ambition and knowledge as well as the more negative connotations from gold of power, envy, jealousy, anxiety, falsehood and fear. Read more »

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The Meaning of Black – the Underworld of Colour

Oct 09 2012 Published by neilgains under semiotics

“[Black] is a nothing without possibilities … a dead nothing after the death of the sun, an eternal silence, without even the hope of a future.”  - Wassily Kandinsky Read more »

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