Definition of art form in English:

art form

noun

  • 1A conventionally established form of artistic composition, such as the novel, sonata, or sonnet:

    ‘the novel became the greatest art form of the nineteenth century’
    ‘people who view pop music as an art form’
    • ‘Opera is the art form of the privileged classes, perfected on royal stages over three centuries.’
    • ‘Milne says her route to success as a soloist gives the lie to frequent claims that opera is an elitist art form.’
    • ‘The industry makes lots of money, without having to worry at all about the quality of film as an art form.’
    • ‘No such illusion bedevilled the artifice of the opera, the equivalent art form of the late seventeenth century.’
    • ‘As a metallurgical art form, the lost-wax technique is one of the oldest and most advanced.’
    • ‘His respect for the novel as an art form means he spent four years on this one, and feels he is a success.’
    • ‘I believe film criticism has its own legitimate place as a literary art form.’
    • ‘Opera as an art form is in a rather awkward position in modern China.’
    • ‘The theme of Mr Cousins' review is that I pay too much attention to film as a business and have nothing much to say about film as an art form.’
    • ‘Why can't they see movies as an art form rather than just another piece of entertainment?’
    • ‘The radio play became an art form in its own right and attracted novelists and poets as well as dramatists.’
    • ‘It was in the Renaissance that personal portraiture first became an art form in its own right.’
    • ‘Like photography, video is an art form of which digital is simply the latest format.’
    • ‘Conceptual art is an art form in which the idea is paramount.’
    • ‘It is now a minor art form and the very best artists no longer paint portraits.’
    • ‘Writing that, it occurs to me that film is the one art form that can fully flood one's senses.’
    • ‘Those who denigrate cinema, dismissing it for its mass appeal, refuse to see film as an art form.’
    • ‘The graphic novel is an art form on a par with pulp fiction.’
    • ‘He does not accept that opera is an elitist art form or that it should be scaled down in a bid to reduce the cost.’
    • ‘Nowadays we look back in horror, realising that film is an art form, possessing its own history.’
    1. 1.1 Any activity regarded as a medium of imaginative or creative self-expression:
      ‘he elevates stage managing to an art form’
      • ‘Teaching creative writing is an art form that must be reserved for those who are talented.’
      • ‘Elegant and complex cuisine matched with just the right wine raises dining to an art form.’
      • ‘They don't know you so they have made an art form of creating instant trust relationships.’
      • ‘There are many people I know and respect who discuss fashion as a vital art form.’
      • ‘Rickey made an art form of doing more with less money than any general manager in baseball annals.’
      • ‘One of the finest examples in the world of lighting as an art form is Carlsbad Cavern in New Mexico.’
      • ‘In fact, a visit to the Magic Kingdom is to witness crowd control performed as an art form.’
      • ‘Metallica fans are the kind of people who made playing air guitar an art form.’
      • ‘We understand how to influence behavior as an art form, and we do it damn well.’
      • ‘Christa was good at making Chandra feel pathetic, she had it down to an art form.’
      • ‘Creating presentations is an art form in which many professionals have not been trained.’
      • ‘It appears that industrial sabotage was as much of an art form in Tasmania in those days as legging it is in Thailand today.’
      • ‘In the past five years, however, the process has become an art form, particularly at federal level.’
      • ‘And Nintendo are making games because they care about the art form, not money, right?’
      • ‘Which is too bad, because we race in all these fantastic places where great food is truly an art form!’
      • ‘The Americans have raised customer complaints to a true art form.’
      • ‘These kids have taken anger, oppression, and fear of crime and turned them in to an art form.’
      • ‘It's become a rolling apology, which may be a new uniquely English art form of my own invention.’
      • ‘If controversy were an art form, Julian Spalding would surely be its Leonardo.’
      • ‘With all of the different materials that are now available staying warm is turning into a bit of an art form.’
      • ‘In the process, violence becomes an art form, which Abbott compares to bull-fighting.’

Pronunciation

art form