Art that is produced more for beauty or spiritual significance than for physical utility. Painting, sculpture, and music are fine arts.
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How to use fine arts in a sentence
Then there are the museums, including the world class Montreal Museum of fine arts.
The most impressive wing of the Montreal Museum of fine arts was designed by Moshe Safdie.
On his second day of class there, Herring met Cashion, and the two, both fine arts majors, became fast friends.Future Islands Frontman Samuel T. Herring on Their 11-Year Journey to Letterman and Viral Stardom | Marlow Stern | April 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No one studies the humanities or fine arts for their practical value.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism | David Masciotra | March 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nobody envied the Secretary of fine arts, either his cabinet position or his portfolio.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show | Robert W. Chambers | February 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Opulence introduced the cultivation of the fine arts, with a taste for literature, and consequently for disputation.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The fine arts subjects such as painting and music were stressed in the seminaries.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
The same thing may be shown to be true, though it is not quite so obvious, of the progress of the fine arts.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
The fine arts, too—I would it were otherwise—have their professors amongst this sordid train.Peveril of the Peak | Sir Walter Scott
They betray no interest in politics, in literature, or in the fine arts.American Sketches | Charles Whibley