The Green Problem
Green is one of the most common colors in nature, but it has presented such a perennial challenge to artists and designers that many have banished it from the palette. Why is green a problem, and how can you solve it? There is no doubt green is a fundamentally important color. Many modern psychologists and color theorists regard it as a primary color... The human eye is more sensitive to yellow-green wavelengths than to any other, that's why the spectrum or the rainbow looks lighter in that section. Yet in the field of book cover design
, there's an old saying that "green covers don't sell."
--- Costume designers have said that green often looks ghastly in stage lighting. Gallery directors have reported that clients aren't attracted to paintings with a strong greenish cast unless it is handled correctly
. Evidently this was an issue even 150 years ago, when Asher Brown Durand commented on "the common prejudice against green. I can well understand why it has been denounced by the Artist, for no other color is attended with equal embarrassments."