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applied art


any art that applies aesthetic principles to the design or decoration of useful objects, such as industrial design, bookmaking, illustration, printmaking, and commercial art


The applied arts are usually contrasted with the fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, fine printmaking, etc.), which are seen as serving no purpose other than providing an aesthetic experience.

any type of art done with a practical application; the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use


The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, and interior design are considered applied arts.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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  • applied art is alike because of its association with that which is necessary to life.

  • These bits of applied art were properties of Mrs. Knoll's establishment.

    Turns about Town Robert Cortes Holliday
  • Mr. Sickert is not the only one of the members of this club who have made an essay in the latest form of applied art.

    Picture Posters Charles Hiatt
  • applied art at a very low level; small joy either for the maker or the user.

  • This, by showing Prussian craftsmen what had already been done, greatly promoted the development of applied art.

  • The Muse de Cluny is devoted chiefly to applied art, and is a treasury of medival taste.

    A Wanderer in Paris

    E. V. Lucas
  • The house was in modern style, with all the comforts and conveniences which science and applied art could suggest.

    Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.
  • This is the real "applied art" or "applied design" of which we have heard much but seen little.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • What is her influence upon art—the applied art that is found, or should be found, in everything we make and use?

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • From such tendencies, such influences as these, in the matter of applied art and design, we are striving to recover.

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