Definition of work of art in US English:

work of art


  • 1A painting, sculpture, poem, piece of music, or other product of the creative arts, especially one with strong imaginative or aesthetic appeal.

    • ‘Incredible works of art, these enormous paintings are an extraordinary sight.’
    • ‘Images entered should be able to stand alone as a work of art and will be judged on their aesthetic values only.’
    • ‘Many flawed artists have created great works of art.’
    • ‘These are just some of the amazing works of art on display at the fourth year art gallery this spring in East Campus Hall.’
    • ‘The fine draperies and linens had been removed along with the fine works of art and small sculptures.’
    • ‘It is a reproduced miniature work of art with distinct aesthetic qualities.’
    • ‘This gives the opportunity to all local artists to display their works of art.’
    • ‘It's a work of art appealing directly to the wallets of those who can afford the £60,000 price tag.’
    • ‘Mackenzie is incensed by wealthy patrons hiding works of art away in private collections.’
    • ‘These works of art will then be auctioned off to the highest bidder.’
    • ‘The viewer is thus able to imagine the works of art in any number of contexts and arrangements.’
    • ‘The archive holds some of the oldest and most precious works of art and treasure known to man.’
    • ‘The question is, though, is this a viable way to value a work of art or any creative work?’
    • ‘Imagine denouncing a work of art for the political views of its creator.’
    • ‘In their different ways the works of art on display all offer some variety of escapism.’
    • ‘Each sketch is an individual work of art and represents a historically accurate reflection of a time past.’
    • ‘The popular appeal of more private, intimate works of art remained strong into the beginning of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘As such, they are prominent among the popular divinities represented in the works of art of the classical period.’
    composition, piece, creation, achievement, accomplishment
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    1. 1.1 Something that is very attractively presented or intricately detailed.
      ‘even the salad was a work of art’
      • ‘Well over 100 of the pumpkins are carved into veritable works of art, and presented in themed scenes with music.’
      • ‘The Thai sushi legend has fallen in love with the art of Asian modern cuisine, making his culinary masterpieces true works of art.’
      • ‘I love the fact that en masse it seems so bland, yet in miniature each snowflake is a work of art.’
      • ‘The parade is a riot of elaborate costumes and clothing with many of the get-ups real works of art.’
      • ‘So much there is so beautiful - just a shop window display is a work of art.’
      • ‘Her cakes are remarkable works of art, too bad they get eaten.’


work of art

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