Orange is the offspring of red and yellow. We did not yet talk about red but I can already tell that red is very contradictory colour. Orange seems to have inherited the best – or let’s say the easiest – features from its parents.
The Shade of A Fruit
You will not be surprised to hear that the notion orange is directly linked to the fruit. However, the notion «orange» could only establish itself once the exotic fruit became «less exotic».
The German poet Goethe called this shade «yellow-red» and described it as noble. A more poetic German expression for oranges is «fruits of the Gods» which might have had an impact on Goethe’s judgement about the colour.
Although I cannot deny that orange feels warm, gay and creative I also observe that it is used for affordable products. So much for Goethe’s noble…