Idioms about art

Idioms about art

  • art is long and life is short

    Meaning: The phrase art is long and life is short is a proverb that suggests that works of art last much longer than human lives.

  • be no oil painting

    Meaning: If someone is no oil painting, they are not good-looking.

  • blank canvas

    Meaning: The phrase blank canvas refers to something with no content such that it can be easily filled with completely new things.

  • con artist

    Meaning: The phrase con artist refers to a person who makes a living by swindling people.

  • drama queen

    Meaning: The phrase drama queen refers to a person who tends to react to every event or situation in an over-dramatic or exaggerated way.

  • fine art

    Meaning: The phrase fine art refers to something requiring highly developed techniques and skills.

  • flimflam artist

    Meaning: The phrase flimflam artist refers to a swindler, especially one who goes after a big game and prepares for it carefully.

  • get something down to a fine art

    Meaning: If you get something down to a fine art, you become skilled at it.

  • get the picture

    Meaning: Understand what’s happening

  • paint something with a broad brush

    Meaning: The phrase paint something with a broad brush means to describe something in general terms, without mentioning specific details and without paying attention to individual variations.

  • poetic justice

    Meaning: The phrase poetic justice refers to a situation in which virtue is rewarded and vice is punished, in such a way that this justice seems proper and ironic.

  • poetry in motion

    Meaning: If something is poetry in motion, it is something that is graceful and beautiful to observe.

  • stage whisper

    Meaning: If you say something in a stage whisper, you say it in a loud whisper with the intention of being overheard.

  • state of the art

    Meaning: The phrase state of the art refers to something that reflects the highest level of development, something that is very up-to-date.

  • tar with the same brush

    Meaning: To tar somebody or something with the same brush means to describe them using the same undesirable attribute, especially unjustly.

  • thumbnail sketch

    Meaning: The phrase thumbnail sketch refers to a short description or small picture.

  • to a fine art

    Meaning: The phrase to a fine art refers to something done in a way that is based on highly developed skill.

  • under canvas

    Meaning: The phrase under canvas, means to be in a tent.