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

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To fine art
Collins
World English Dictionary
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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;