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fine art

[fahyn] /faɪn/
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
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Luxurious in-room appointments include rich woods and marble, original fine art, handsome furnishings and first-rate amenities.
  • Ornamentation is the principal part of architecture, considered as a subject of fine art.
  • It's called advertising, brought to a fine art with computers.
  • Education is a fine art, and a difficult task, probably beyond human reach.
  • No social group has quite succeeded in establishing itself as the unifying central inheritor of fine art or music.
  • Captivated by the beauty of moths, an artist transforms these backyard fliers into fine art.
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  • Captivated by the beauty of moths, an artist uses digital scans to transform backyard fliers into fine art.
  • If cartoons are ever to break into the fine art marketplace we'll have to come up with more arcane terminology.
  • The index revealed that fine art was a far more reliable investment than is commonly thought.
British Dictionary definitions for fine art

fine art

art produced chiefly for its aesthetic value, as opposed to applied art
(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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Idioms and Phrases with fine art

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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