Art is in the eye of the beholder

Definition

The phrase ‘Art is in the eye of the beholder’ is a proverb used to express the idea that beauty and art can be subjective, and that something may be beautiful or interesting to one person, but not to another.

Examples

I love the abstract painting, but my friend thinks it’s too weird. I guess art is really in the eye of the beholder.

I think this sculpture is a masterpiece, but my sister thinks it’s ugly. I guess art is in the eye of the beholder.

Origin

The phrase ‘Art is in the eye of the beholder’ is believed to have originated in the 18th century, though it is uncertain who first said it.

Faqs

Q: What does ‘Art is in the eye of the beholder’ mean? A: It means that beauty and art can be subjective, and that something may be beautiful to one person but not to another.

Q: Who said ‘Art is in the eye of the beholder’? A: The phrase is believed to have originated in the 18th century, though its exact origin is uncertain.