Definition of fine art in US English:

fine art


  • 1also fine artsCreative art, especially visual art whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.

    ‘the convergence of popular culture and fine art’
    • ‘Indeed, every department of fine art and art history should have one in its library.’
    • ‘People think it's a show curated by a fine artist about fine art, so they find it strange.’
    • ‘One distinctive feature of Hungarian culture is the merging of folk art and fine art.’
    • ‘Ukiyo-e during its time was not considered as fine art but rather as commercial art.’
    • ‘The show includes everything from original fine art and limited editions to ceramics and jewelry.’
    • ‘Her interests shifted to fine art as she discovered photography later in life.’
    • ‘This trajectory, from fine art to mass culture, was central to the show's purpose.’
    • ‘Awarded a scholarship to study commercial art in Minneapolis, he shifted to fine art.’
    • ‘He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in fine art at Goldsmiths College, University of London.’
    • ‘The show continues its mission of showcasing the overlooked genre of fine art by Black artists.’
    • ‘By learning to draw before attempting fine art, they have interrupted the process of pure creation.’
    • ‘I do, however, feel that fine art should be part of any financial portfolio.’
    • ‘I used to think that when it comes to fine art, I could influence my clients.’
    • ‘Understanding just why is there a debate between computer art and fine art is what I am trying to do.’
    • ‘We need to look at the premises of such a world that excludes works that are not fine art, high art, or in that most territorial of terms, mainstream art.’
    • ‘Their work seemed to be on the margins of what could be called fine art, a term whose own legitimacy was being questioned.’
    • ‘We will participate in it but, simply put, we will continue doing what we have done well for so long, which is sell fine art.’
    • ‘Crescent velvet finish paper combines a smooth finish with color imagery for fine art and photography.’
    • ‘These images still are recognized as fine art and are highly collectible.’
    • ‘The closer the artist remains to the creative process, the closer the jewelry is to fine art.’
    artwork, creative activity
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  • 2An activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.

    ‘he'll have to learn the fine art of persuasion’


  • have (or get) something down to a fine art

    • Achieve a high level of skill, facility, or accomplishment in some activity through experience.

      ‘Mike had gotten the breakfast routine down to a fine art’
      • ‘The Americans have showers down to a fine art - an invigorating deluge of hot water, the spacious cubicle and a watertight door.’
      • ‘I hear he's got it down to a fine art, and would be only too happy to talk you through it.’
      • ‘Sure, they've got the elegant sashay down to a fine art, but they're missing the point entirely.’
      • ‘That was a real skill and Ray had it down to a fine art.’
      • ‘Together with the extra powers City of York Council can now use to hit taggers with instant fines, we might at last be getting anti-graffiti measures down to a fine art.’
      • ‘Martin said: ‘We are getting it down to a fine art.’’
      • ‘Press Officer Liz Forrest said: ‘We have the organisation down to a fine art after 35 years.’’
      • ‘However, the editors have it down to a fine art and there is little doubt that this is one of the most intriguing parts of this annual delight.’
      • ‘She's been doing it for eight years - and believes she has it down to a fine art.’
      • ‘HIM have had 10 years to hone their stage act and they've got it down to a fine art.’


fine art

/ˌfīn ˈärt//ˌfaɪn ˈɑrt/