art for art’s sake
A slogan meaning that the beauty of the fine arts is reason enough for pursuing them — that art does not have to serve purposes taken from politics, religion, economics, and so on. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe, and Oscar Wilde argued for the doctrine of art for art’s sake.
Note: Ars Gratia Artis, the motto of the film company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), is a Latin version of “art for art’s sake.”
- Art form
the more or less established structure, pattern, or scheme followed in shaping an artistic work: The sonata, the sonnet, and the novel are all art forms. a medium for artistic expression: ballet, sculpture, opera, and other art forms. a medium other than the artistic regarded as having highly developed or systematized rules, procedures, or formulations: […]
slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky: artful schemes. skillful or clever in adapting means to ends; ingenious: an artful choice of metaphors and similes. done with or characterized by or skill: artful acting; artful repairs. Archaic. . Contemporary Examples There are artful and probing passages about the process of writing that could be used verbatim […]
Arthur (“Art”) born 1942, U.S. singer. Contemporary Examples Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon likened this to Simon and Garfunkel. ‘Heaven Adores You’ Is More Celebratory Than Salacious About Elliott Smith Rachel Kramer Bussel June 21, 2014 Historical Examples “Yes, I have,” said Garfunkel, his eye still glued to Lina’s bulging figure. Potash & Perlmutter […]
Arthur, 1837–1909, U.S. educator. Charlotte Anna Perkins, 1860–1935, U.S. writer, publisher, and feminist. Daniel Coit [koit] /kɔɪt/ (Show IPA), 1831–1908, U.S. educator. Contemporary Examples Fond of Motörhead T-shirts, Dickies, Vans, and chain wallets, Levine would look right at home on the stage of 924 Gilman. The Buddhist Punk Reforming Drug Rehab Stephen Krcmar June 15, […]