art for art's sake

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EtymologyEdit

French l'art pour l'art, a phrase credited to Théophile Gautier. Some argue Gautier was not the first to write those words. They appear in the works of Victor Cousin, Benjamin Constant, and Edgar Allan Poe.

NounEdit

art for art's sake (uncountable)

  1. (art, slogan) Art with no function, whose only purpose is beauty.

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Last modified on 11 April 2014, at 12:06