Fine art is translated from the French term "beaux arts" which means that it originated from France. This art form does not only include visual paintings. Nowadays it includes sculptures, photography, opera, poetry, acting, drawings and music.
When you consider this wide scope, you will start to realize that there is much more to it. Maybe even the way you design your house can be considered fine art.
So why is this form of art a deep meaning of painting? How does one determine what is fine art? In this article, I will focus on the art in relation to paintings.
The core principle is 'beauty'. An artist's work which makes the viewer sees and feels it as beautiful, can be considered as fine art. Perhaps it is better to explain what it is not.
An exact painting of a family sitting on the sofa together will not be considered as this form of art. It may be a lovely painting that looks very life-like, but it is a straight forward painting. There is nothing special about it. It needs to be special and attention grabbing.
An advertisement board painting of the latest luxury sports car may attract many fanatics to an exhibition but nevertheless, it is just a painting which many skillful artists can imitate. It is rarely called fine art.
Reading the above two examples, it can be seen that it has to be more than just looking beautiful.
A painting can be considered fine art when it is not a straight forward painting of an object. It has to be beautiful, unusual, meaningful and portrays the feeling well.
A Vincent Van Gogh painting is an example which is easy to relate to because it is so famous. The chair, fruit, sunflower and the skies are not painted as they are. Van Gogh's paintings were not an exact copy of what he saw. He painted the objects very differently but you can still recognize the object.
This style of painting is a way for the painter to show his feelings which will effectively channel through to the viewer. Fine art is imagining what the object truly means to the painter and having the ability to transfer it onto a painting.
If you see a painting of objects that are painted differently such as rectangular apples, and in addition you can sense what the artist is feeling at the time, then he has successfully created a fine art painting.
If an artist is famous then his paintings will no doubt draw a lot of attention and increase in price. However, this does not mean that you will also like the painting. The beauty of a painting is in the eye of the beholder. What one person considers a fine piece of art, it may look boring and uninspiring to you.