- Fine art is defined as drawing, sculpting, painting, literature, music, dance, architecture and theatre, or a product of these disciplines.
An example of fine art is a Picasso painting.
Painting is one example of fine art.
fine art definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- any of the art forms that include drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics, or occasionally, architecture, literature, music, dramatic art, or dancing: usually used in pl.
- artistic objects, as paintings, sculpture, etc. collectively: an exhibition of fine art
- any highly creative or intricate skill
Origin: origin, originally considered purely aesthetic, as distinguished from the “useful” arts
fine art definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. Art produced or intended primarily for beauty rather than utility.b. Any of the art forms, such as sculpture, painting, or music, used to create such art. Often used in the plural.
- Something requiring highly developed techniques and skills: the fine art of teaching.
fine art - Phrases/Idioms
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]