Main definitions of art in English

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noun

  • 1The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

    ‘the art of the Renaissance’
    ‘great art is concerned with moral imperfections’
    ‘she studied art in Paris’
    • ‘There may be more beautiful nudes in the history of art; there are none more erotic or more real.’
    • ‘Well what was happening was a demonstration of the power of art to institute communion.’
    • ‘We are the ones who, upon closing in on a work of art, liberate the powers confined within.’
    • ‘As he sees it, the beauty of art and the beauty of maths are two sides of the same coin.’
    • ‘Blindness need no longer be a barrier for people who want to appreciate art.’
    • ‘She would also like to teach Catford children to appreciate art and culture.’
    • ‘The limits of human invention and art have been exhausted, and there is nothing more to say.’
    • ‘Music and art are an expression of the desire for a world free of injustice and war.’
    • ‘Hence a potential, and often open, conflict between art and the powers that be.’
    • ‘The works of both artists attest to their belief in the transforming power of art in society.’
    • ‘For Vasari, the stylistic and formal development of art is of primary importance.’
    • ‘A lot of people who know nothing about art say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’
    • ‘His style is almost synonomous with the idealism of beauty and peace in renaissance art.’
    • ‘If the show can be taken as a barometer of visual art in this country, there is much to be excited about.’
    • ‘The countervailing forces are an absolute faith in her achievements and in the redeeming power of art.’
    • ‘In the last 15 years Scotland has been a leading light in the field of public art and public sculpture.’
    • ‘It would be nice to claim that it was the eternal pull of art and beauty that brought me to Rome thirteen years ago.’
    • ‘Since then, Irish art has come to be appreciated almost to the same degree as Irish literature.’
    • ‘Our appreciation of beauty in a work of art becomes muddled with familiarity.’
    • ‘His passion for art, for beauty and for God was his driving force throughout his life.’
    fine art, artwork, creative activity
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    1. 1.1 Works produced by human creative skill and imagination.
      ‘his collection of modern art’
      ‘an exhibition of Mexican art’
      [as modifier] ‘an art critic’
      • ‘The artists, who were all painters, had joined together to find somewhere to show modern art.’
      • ‘Belfast is another major city well worth travelling to for contemporary and modern art.’
      • ‘It has also been reported that some institutions may even lend against a work of art to buy more art!’
      • ‘There was lots of blond wood, geometric modern art on the walls, and new dishes on the menu that tickled our fancies.’
      • ‘According to another, the British are preternaturally blind to the merits of modern art.’
      • ‘None the less it is possible for a student to buy art that will hopefully appreciate in value.’
      • ‘Also, perhaps surprisingly, there is even a shortage of art, or at least of art that can be reproduced.’
      • ‘Once seen as avant-garde, these thirtysomethings are now at the core of the modern art world.’
      • ‘I like a lot of modern art but I am annoyed that so much gets paid for it.’
      • ‘So the labels and the catalogue are of greater importance here than in an exhibition of more modern art.’
      • ‘When he died in 1784 he was chiefly known as a sentimental playwright and art critic.’
      • ‘The Niland Gallery has one of the finest collections of modern Irish art in the world.’
      • ‘It was originally built as a picture gallery for a large private art collection, with a glass roof.’
      • ‘The Earl certainly had a fine eye for art and appreciated both the beauty and rarity of the items he collected.’
      • ‘During the fifty plus years of his working life he saw the reputation and value of the modern art he admired rise.’
      • ‘She was the muse and lover of the French poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire.’
      • ‘Built after the First World War it's renowned for its Rodin, but more modern art also has a place.’
      • ‘What was striking about this year's fair was the appearance of more modern and contemporary art.’
      • ‘Formerly a vast and imposing power station, the building is now a vast and imposing modern art gallery.’
      • ‘The most economical way to sum it all up is with that favourite word of art critics: eclectic.’
      fine art, artwork, creative activity
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    2. 1.2 Creative activity resulting in the production of paintings, drawings, or sculpture.
      ‘she's good at art’
      • ‘We use art, poetry and prose so that visitors can feel and experience the beauty of nature.’
      • ‘She had a real flair for art and did some brilliant drawings and paintings while she was here.’
      • ‘There is already table tennis but centre workers would like more activities, such as art projects.’
      • ‘Unlike other prizes, the Turner does not attempt to award various categories of art or artists.’
      • ‘There are limits to what art can accomplish and to what it should presume to do.’
      • ‘This also makes them ideal for artists or art students seeking inspiration or affirmation.’
      • ‘Much of his work in stimulating art activities in the borough was carried out modestly and behind the scenes.’
      • ‘Its activities include the provision of lunches and a wide range of leisure activities from art to yoga.’
      • ‘This is undoubtedly an age of globalised art, in which artists routinely show in other countries.’
      • ‘The pupils enjoyed stories, art activities and games and on Tuesday they enjoyed a Chinese meal.’
      • ‘This event features a range of activities across art, music, dance and film-making.’
      • ‘The festival art competition will involve youngsters creating paintings or drawings.’
      • ‘Like Warhol, he began as a commercial artist and his art has its roots in advertising.’
      • ‘This kind of art does little to inspire women to claim their independence, it is depressive.’
      • ‘He first became interested in art while doing lino cuts and motion drawings in school.’
      • ‘Thirty of the dustmen are now being sent to modern art classes to try to ensure that the same mistake never happens again.’
      • ‘Its sub groups included clubs for activities like drama, art and crafts, and country dancing.’
      • ‘If an artist can stay humble and focus only on his art, he rises way beyond his talent and his craft.’
      • ‘After art school Moira taught art for a couple of years at the secondary school in Blackminster.’
      • ‘For all his inspiration, the artist still had to work at his art, and find people to buy it.’
      • ‘The context for the development of Sam Doyle's career is as interesting as the artist and his art.’
  • 2the artsThe various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

    ‘the visual arts’
    [in singular] ‘the art of photography’
    • ‘Ingram first became involved with music and the arts through the dance program at SFU.’
    • ‘The focus of the magazine is basically on urban culture, spanning music, fashion and the arts.’
    • ‘There'll be another free download next week - and more coverage of the best music and all the arts.’
    • ‘The character loves the movies, loves the arts, loves music and it was a great way to incorporate that to make an original idea.’
    • ‘Out of all the arts, it is dance which fetishises youth to the greatest degree.’
    • ‘The arts develop because of aptitude, talent, genius, hard work and serendipity.’
    • ‘Boys are less likely than girls to read and take part in music and the arts.’
    • ‘Outside medicine she loved the arts and literature and particularly classical music and opera.’
    • ‘He said more time should be spent on music, the arts and reading to allow pupils to think in a less regimented way.’
    • ‘A key part of the project will be to explore and promote the relationship between science, technology and the arts.’
    • ‘This is also true of newspaper critics who cover the arts, films, music, and books.’
    • ‘His experience in brokering has influenced his way of viewing the arts, the art works and artists.’
    • ‘He was a talented man whose ability covered his politics, his academic work, the arts and music.’
    • ‘The charity will also concentrate on funding the arts through sponsorship of music, ballet, opera and film.’
    • ‘Writers would also like to see more subsidy for Scottish publishers, and for the arts and literature in general.’
    • ‘In any community, music and the arts are not seen as stable professions.’
    • ‘Of all the arts, music is the most often and most rigorously examined.’
    • ‘Iqaluit is a step closer to having its own year-round centre for showcasing the arts and culture.’
    • ‘In the arts, literary and artistic canons are no longer restricted to the work of men.’
    • ‘It is happening across the globe and in a hundred different corners of the arts and culture.’
  • 3artsSubjects of study primarily concerned with the processes and products of human creativity and social life, such as languages, literature, and history (as contrasted with scientific or technical subjects)

    ‘the belief that the arts and sciences were incompatible’
    ‘the Faculty of Arts’
    • ‘It strongly encourages research in the arts and in political studies in particular.’
    • ‘It thus encompasses in a unique way the arts, social sciences, and natural sciences.’
    • ‘It was after she had studied business and arts at college in Bangkok that McIntosh came to wider public prominence.’
    • ‘It shocking to see how ignorant and dismissive of the arts scientists can be.’
    • ‘These will focus on the teaching of technology, modern languages, arts and science.’
    • ‘So to do that I would use the example of my job, which is to run a writing course in an arts college.’
    • ‘This should be a vital component in an arts and humanities education today.’
    • ‘The theme is York's environment, which takes in science, geography, history and arts topics.’
    • ‘I think my sensibilities were running more towards arts and humanities than math and science.’
    • ‘There was a course covering all aspects of study including arts, science and mathematics.’
    • ‘He was her first and only boyfriend, just into his second year at Durham, where he was studying general arts.’
    • ‘We are here to write an essay and a poem for our arts and social sciences course.’
    • ‘For their sixth option, they can take an arts courses or an extra science, language or humanity.’
    • ‘Looking ahead, construction will be completed on the new arts and humanities building by October.’
    • ‘It was a similar story at Strathclyde University when I rang about its arts and social sciences course.’
    • ‘At school, she will excel at the arts subjects, and will also develop a love of literature.’
    • ‘I am intending to study media and arts and fear for my future because of this lack of vision.’
    • ‘Schoolteachers today are struggling to find time to fit arts subjects into a crowded national curriculum.’
  • 4A skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice.

    ‘the art of conversation’
    • ‘It's quite an art actually; it's amazing the speed that some of these line managers can work at.’
    • ‘Used correctly, e-mail is a great asset but it's no substitute for the art of conversation.’
    • ‘How important was the ability to practice the art of seduction for a modern spy?’
    • ‘He has mastered the art of the interview, meaning very little is disclosed.’
    • ‘This used to be an art practised by waiters in posh restaurants right in front of the diner, and it was a joy to watch.’
    • ‘Lively conversation and anecdotes will abound as the duo discuss the art of writing for theatre.’
    • ‘We all know card tricks are about the speed of the hand beating the eye but Daniel is an expert in the art.’
    • ‘Having been born with the gift of laughter, let us seriously learn the art of laughing.’
    • ‘It's ironic, but it's mobile telephones that have killed the art of conversation.’
    • ‘Baby massage is an art, explained Archana Master as she gently massaged baby James.’
    • ‘This is part of the art of being a practitioner and can greatly influence the ability to heal the patient.’
    • ‘He was often fingered as the source of government leaks and is skilful in the art of invisibility in times of trouble.’
    • ‘No one knows for certain in what epoch the Arabs began to practice the art of balladry.’
    • ‘If he's too late he'll sit and wait: for Max has mastered the art of queuing up.’
    • ‘When your schedule is as packed as mine you have to master the art of multitasking to get things done.’
    • ‘At home, my wife, with her talent in designing, soon mastered the art of baking cakes.’
    • ‘He reasons that if he is to take the job seriously he must master the art of getting good performances from actors.’
    • ‘Undisciplined as the narrative may appear, it is handled with the art which conceals art.’
    • ‘We must thank the broadcasters for their renewed effort to revive the art of conversation.’
    • ‘Tugay bossed the midfield after delivering a masterclass in the art of pass and move.’
    skill, craft, technique
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin ars, art-.

Pronunciation

art

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Main definitions of art in English

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  • archaic or dialect 2nd person singular present of be

Pronunciation

art

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