fine art


Definition of fine art 

1a : art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects usually used in plural

b : objects of fine art

2 : an activity requiring a fine skill

Examples of fine art in a Sentence

a collector of fine art She studies painting in the department of fine arts. We saw the sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts. the fine art of gourmet cooking
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The search for self-expression expanded at the University of Southern California, where the itinerant sisters—raised by Palestinian parents between Riyadh, London, and Dubai—graduated with double majors in film production and fine art. Kate Branch, Vogue, "This DJ Sister Act Is the Only Beauty Inspiration You Need This Summer," 12 July 2018 La Grange officials indicated support Tuesday for a fine arts center on Cossitt Avenue, but put off any recommendation due to concerns about parking congestion. Hank Beckman,, "La Grange planners raise parking concerns over proposed fine arts center on Cossitt Avenue," 12 July 2018 Buikus recently earned her master’s degree in education from Concordia University and her bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet Izzi Buikus, the July artist-in-residence at the Cedarburg Cultural Center," 10 July 2018 Macallan whiskies were already pretty collectible, but the distillery’s newest release is even more so: each bottle has its own unique number, just like a piece of fine art. Emily Price, Fortune, "Macallan's Latest $7,000 Whisky Will Be Sold in Numbered Bottles," 28 June 2018 Brooks, 52, graduated from the University of Miami in 1994 after studying advertising, fine art photography and marketing. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "Emmy-nominated photographer draws inspiration from vintage South Florida," 26 June 2018 After Gahr died in 2008, his estate called upon Chris Murray, a long-time collector with a vibrant passion for of fine art music photography, to examine the artist’s archive. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "Ten Rarely Seen Springsteen Photographs That Capture the Exhilarating Power of The Boss," 20 Apr. 2018 Paul Paletti will discuss the fine art photography. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "How to Festival, Throo the Zoo and more to do in Louisville this week," 7 Mar. 2018 That’s why at least one soccer coach seems to be instructing young players in the fine art of flopping, just like Neymar. Melissa Locker, Time, "Hilarious Young Soccer Players Had Way Too Much Fun Doing 'the Neymar'," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of fine art

1686, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of fine art was in 1686

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English Language Learners Definition of fine art

: a type of art (such as painting, sculpture, or music) that is done to create beautiful things

: an activity that requires skill and care

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