fine art

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web Outdoor dining — that fine art of boldly sitting beneath portable heaters in the late autumn chill and rain — is hanging on in those few Bay Area spots where the most restrictive layer of pandemic crackdowns haven’t quite reached. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Here's where outdoor dining is allowed in the Bay Area. But maybe not for long," 12 Dec. 2020 Examples include Yieldstreet, which lets people invest in everything from ships to the outcome of lawsuits, and Masterworks, which invites investors to purchase shares in fine art. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Indiegogo founder launches Vincent, a site to discover alternative investments," 8 Dec. 2020 The images—a mix of documentary, fine art, and portraiture, among other photo genres—are full of energy and life and show a freshness rarely seen in a debut photo book. Donny Bajohr, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best Photography Books of 2020," 11 Dec. 2020 The Frick is particularly known for its collection of fine art. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Visit These Iconic New York City Museums From Home," 8 Dec. 2020 Watercolor greeting cards depicting Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Mount Hood, cherry blossoms and Oregon vineyards by Emily Miller fine art ($24 for eight cards and envelopes that are 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches). oregonlive, "Handmade Oregon gifts from robot earrings to beeswax mushrooms star on Etsy, eBay and Amazon," 4 Dec. 2020 The world of fine art has long looked to the monolith and the megalith as attempts to invoke the awe of that natural, near-mystical perfection. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Why We Love the Monolith," 3 Dec. 2020 Shawn Connell is a professional photographer that shoots weddings, fine art collections and even takes pictures of whales underwater. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best DSLR cameras for beginners, according to professional photographers," 20 Nov. 2020 The auction house is presenting jewelry (there will be a rotating monthly exhibition, beginning with Parisian high jewelry house Édéenne) alongside design and fine art, with major paintings by Basquiat, Warhol, and Damien Hirst. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Palm Beach's Newest Winter Resident: The Art World," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Fine art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fine%20art. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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fine art

noun

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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