Definition of beaux arts in English:

beaux arts

plural noun

  • 1Fine arts.

    ‘Taking them from the boat and onto the glacial formations of art history required explaining how conceptual art differed from the beaux arts of classical painting or sculpture.’
    • ‘In the beaux arts as well as in real life, law is the cornerstone upon which everything lies.’
    • ‘That is where she will study the Beaux Arts and specialise in sculpture.’
    • ‘When he offered Wright a full four-year scholarship to study the beaux arts in Rome, Wright declined.’
  • 2

    (also Beaux Arts)
    as modifier Relating to the classical decorative style maintained by the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century.

    ‘Most axes - the axis of the earth, for example, or the crossed axes of a Beaux Arts building - are not only clear but stable and, we hope, permanent.’
    • ‘Subsequently, a Beaux Arts tradition flourished in the early twentieth century as these architects returned to China to practise, teach and establish university curriculums.’
    • ‘We have encountered this Beaux Arts quadraxial method before.’
    • ‘Thus, by this time, her taste for the historicism of the beaux arts school and the arts of eighteenth-century France was well established.’
    • ‘Today downtown holds renovated Victorian and beaux arts commercial buildings.’
    • ‘Paintings of world's fairs that showed visitors with parasols strolling along paths surrounded by beaux arts architecture fitted comfortably in this genre.’
    • ‘Whether the structure was Greek revival, Romanesque, eclectic, collegiate Gothic, beaux arts, or Tudor, one thing was evident-brownstone filled the need for all.’
    • ‘On Pender Street we passed by an astounding building, the Sun Tower, built in 1912, that housed the offices of The Vancouver Sun newspaper from 1924 to 1964 and is crowned by a by a three-story beaux arts copper roof.’
    • ‘A tunnel links the new building to the museum's original beaux arts building and a later addition designed by Mies van der Robe and built in two stages in 1958 and 1974.’
    • ‘They took up residence in Washington, D.C., acquiring a beaux arts house built in 1912 to the designs of Charles A. Platt.’
    • ‘To create a building that harmonized with the McLellan House he drew on many of its architectural details for his beaux arts structure.’
    • ‘In the early part of the century, the CNE constructed beaux arts buildings in the tradition of the 1893 Columbian world's fair in Chicago - the fair that started the City Beautiful movement.’
    • ‘Deck's most striking contribution to the 1878 exhibition were large panels that, decorated the north entrance to the beaux arts building.’
    • ‘He wanted to emulate the beaux arts style of Paris of that era.’
    • ‘After some discussion, the planners decided to follow the Chicago model with all the major buildings designed in the beaux arts style, but they stipulated that the architects be from western states.’


beaux arts

/ˌbōz ˈär/ /ˌboʊz ˈɑr/