Rembrandt van Rijn reveled in brown. I recall hearing that John Ruskin declared Goya found more colors in brown than most artists find in their entire palette.
Impressionist painters, on the other hand, avoided brown almost entirely. Today it is the least favorite color in the Western World.
|Seaside goldenrod going to seed at Halibut Point|
In the painterly photograph above we can appreciate the diversity of brown although admittedly the brilliance of the scene relies on companionable colors and highlights. But brown is the anchor - earthy, substantial, and varied.
|Cherry tree trunk, rising|
|Cherry tree trunk, subsiding|
Out of that brown matter comes new growth. Modern humans wish to exempt themselves from the cycle.
The resulting browns are therefore tertiary. They contains infinite riches, an amalgam of all the variety in the spectrum.
|Grasses on granite|
There are very few brown flowers. On the other hand there are few green flowers. But flowers exist entirely to be noticed, so brown or green tints would not help them stand out from the verdure. The limitation of brown amongst flowers perhaps limits our notions of its prettiness.
|Shagbark hickory leaf, autumn|