fine art

[fahyn]
noun
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:
1760–70

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fine art
 
n
1.  art produced chiefly for its aesthetic value, as opposed to applied art
2.  (often plural) 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 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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Example sentences
The fine arts once divorcing themselves from truth are quite certain to fall
  mad, if they do not die.
He was reproached with indulging his taste for the fine arts at an immoderate
  expense.
Let us turn to another familiar human interest, that of the fine arts.
They could not make a career in the fine arts, and they turned to industrial
  design as a way of making a living.
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