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fine art

[fahyn] /faɪn/
noun
1.
a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture.
Compare commercial art.
Origin of fine art
1760-1770
1760-70
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Examples from the Web for fine arts
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  • He was made a member of the Institute of France, and nominated a correspondent in the class of the fine arts, in the year 1810.

  • The Ministry of fine arts was offered to him a hundred times, but he refused it a hundred times.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It was the centre, not of government alone, but of the fine arts: the exemplar of culture and civilization.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • The fine arts are his department, and the question was entirely one for him.

  • Do you suppose they would let me exhibit it in the fine arts Department?

    The Coast of Bohemia William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for fine arts

fine art

noun
1.
art produced chiefly for its aesthetic value, as opposed to applied art
2.
(often pl) Also called beaux arts. any of the fields in which such art is produced, such as painting, sculpture, and engraving
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fine arts in Culture

fine arts definition


Art that is produced more for beauty or spiritual significance than for physical utility. Painting, sculpture, and music are fine arts.

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Idioms and Phrases with fine arts

fine art

Something requiring highly developed techniques and skills, as in He's turned lying into a fine art, or The contractor excels in the fine art of demolition. This term alludes to the fine arts, such as music, painting, and sculpture, which require both skill and talent. It is now often used to describe anything that takes skill to do. [ First half of 1800s ]
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