Who put the fine in art?

Fine art is a term most likely very few understand.  Here are two dictionary definitions: “art” is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power; “fine art” is creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic [meaning ‘beauty’], or intellectual content.

So the dictionary experts went around in a circle.  The key seems to be in the word “solely” — fine art exists for its own sake, whereas art can be produced for any number of reasons.  Does the stock image photographer produce art or fine art?

I doubt this fits in either category, but I was fascinated with the play of light and shadow.

Palms and Clouds Small

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  1. Pingback: Craft, Applied Art, or Fine Art? | West Florida Video Arts, LLC

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