[boh-zahr; French boh-zar]
- noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, popularly associated with the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, that prevailed in France in the late 19th century and that was adopted in the U.S. and elsewhere c1900, characterized by the free and eclectic use and adaptation of French architectural features of the 16th through 18th centuries combined so as to give a massive, elaborate, and often ostentatious effect, and also by the use of symmetrical plans preferably allowing vast amounts of interior space.
- resembling the architecture, architectural precepts, or teaching methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris: often used in a pejorative sense to designate excessive formalism disregarding considerations of structural truth, advanced aesthetic theory, rational planning, or economy.
- (lowercase) the fine arts, as painting or music.
Origin of Beaux-Arts
First recorded in 1815–25
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- another word for fine art
- (modifier) relating to the classical decorative style, esp that of the École des Beaux-Arts in Parisbeaux-arts influences
C19: French, literally: fine arts
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Word Origin and History for beaux arts
"the fine arts," 1821, from French; also in reference to Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and the widely imitated conventional type of art and architecture advocated there.
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