The Difference Between Regular Art and Fine Art

02-1Which if these is true and which is False?

  1. Fine Art is mighty fine and regular art is not so much?
  2. Please!! It in the eye of the beholder!
  3. Fine art must be created by famous or infamous artists.

Some people like art that looks exactly or close to a photograph,

Some like it very dreamy and ethereal and believe that art that’s almost photographic is superfluous.

Some like it somewhere in between.

Some like art that depicts dark thoughts.

Some like art that depicts high and lofty thoughts.

Some like “silly” cartoon like art.

Some like very serious landscapes of rolling hills and men on horses chasing foxes.

Some like it soft, some like it hard and some like it in between. 😉

Some like less color–more darks and lights.

Some like texture and colors in their art.

Some like art that has a sense of humor.

Some like very formal portraiture.

Some like very informal portraiture–like my character portraits— as I like to call them.

I love Dufy and Mary Cassatt and Matisse and the guy that did all the posters of strippers and ladies of the night Toulouse Lautrec.

Now that name–Toulouse Latrec is full of story isn’t it?  And he did go on a trek that may have been a little too loose. Sorry, couldn’t help myself .

But man were his compositions killer–amazing good–the way he filled up the page with his shapes in those posters!!!

Hey, google Toulouse Lautrec.

I googled “fine art” and this is what wikipedia had for us:

From Wikipedia

One definition of fine art is “a visual art considered to have been created primarily for aesthetic and intellectual purposes and judged for its beauty and meaningfulness, specifically, painting, sculpture, drawing, watercolor, graphics, and architecture.”[2] In that sense, there are conceptual differences between the fine arts and the applied arts. As originally conceived, and as understood for much of the modern era, the perception of aesthetic qualities required a refined judgment usually referred to as having good taste, which differentiated fine art from popular art and entertainment.[3]

The word “fine” does not so much denote the quality of the artwork in question, but the purity of the discipline according to traditional Western European canons.[citation needed] This definition originally excluded the applied or decorative arts, and the products of what were regarded as crafts. In contemporary practice these distinctions and restrictions have become essentially meaningless, as the concept or intention of the artist is given primacy, regardless of the means through which this is expressed.[citation needed]

If you would like to “chime in” about art, I love hearing about it and talking about it. Who is your favorite artist?? And if you’re really brave . . . why??

I love you guys!  ❤



Author: Margaret Huntley Harrison

I’m a painter using my gifts to transform the seemingly ordinary into the beautiful and extraordinary. What I love more than anything is tracking down, creating, and spreading the beauty in our amazing world! And I LOVE helping you find and spread your beauty into your home, your family and your world. Art for sale: Margaret Huntley Harrison

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