The Difference Between Art & Fine Art

How do people differentiate art from fine art?



There is no single definition of what constitutes art, as its interpretations have varied significantly throughout different periods of time and cultures. Some people perceive it as the human way to express our vulnerabilities, hence, its definition is different from person to person based on how they choose to express who they are. 

In essence, art is the expression or application of human imagination, conceptual ideas and creative skill, predominantly in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. The resulting products are cherished and admired for their beauty or emotional power. 

While classical branches of art include Architecture, Sculpture and Painting; broader definition of art involves Theatre, Dance, and other performing arts, Literature, Music, Film and other media such as Interactive media.


Fine Art

While art comprises a number of sub-branches, fine art focuses mainly on the visual aspect of things. Anything that is visually presented can fit into the category. 

The goals of fine art are often beyond self-expression and pure creativity. Its purpose is usually to evoke strong emotions; communicate ideas either spiritually, politically or philosophically motivated art; for pleasure; to explore the nature of perception or to create a sense of beauty. On the other hand, some people argue that its purpose may also be seemingly nonexistent. 

Historically, the five major classical fine arts were Architecture, Sculpture and Painting, Music, Poetry, with performing arts involving Dance and Theatre. Today, the range of what would be considered fine arts (in so far as the term remains in use) commonly includes additional modern forms, such as Film, Photography, Video production/editing, Design, and Conceptual art.



The difference between the two has been centuries in the making. Fine arts are distinguished from arts by being more highly refined and requiring more skill. However, to those who don’t study the matter closely, everything is a form of art. Some argued that the difference between them is classified based on the value judgments about the art rather than any clear definitional difference. 

Whether you consider an item art or fine art, it is extremely important that they are stored in a climate-controlled environment to retain their quality and shield them against natural harmful factors such as humidity, temperature, exposure to sunlight, atmospheric pollutants or even pests or rodents. 

Cube Fine Art provides temperature-controlled storage services that best guarantee the safety of your valuables and bespoke fine art management solutions tailored to our client’s specific requirements.


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