The Origin of Fruits and Cultivated Plants
C. Grant Allen, Alphonse P. de Candolle
The Origin of Fruits and Cultivated Plants.
"To the attractive hues of fruit, I believe, we must ultimately trace back our
whole artistic pleasure in the pure physical stimulation of beautiful colors,
displayed by natural objects or artificial products.
Our present inquiry, then, will yield us some account of that primitive
delight in red, purple, orange, and yellow, which we usually take for granted
as an innate instinct of humanity, savage or civilized. When, some few months
back, we analyzed the various elements of pleasure which make up our aesthetic
enjoyment of a daisy, we were compelled, for the time being, to leave the
original beauty of its pink-and-white rays wholly unexplained..."