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Difference between Artist and Artiste

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Difference between Artist and Artiste

Post Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:15 am
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Will appreciate if some expert could highlight the difference between artist and artiste? Will appreciate if usage could also be shown for both the words.

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Post Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:12 pm
mankey wrote:
Hi

Will appreciate if some expert could highlight the difference between artist and artiste? Will appreciate if usage could also be shown for both the words.

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Mankey
Hi Mankey!

The term "artist" can be (and is) used for anyone involved in either the fine-arts (painting, sculpture, literature, etc) or performing arts (dance, music, acting, etc).

However, the french translation, "artiste", is typically used in one of two ways in the English language:
(1) a response to the use of "artist" primarily for visual-arts practitioners, the term "artiste" focuses more specifically on individuals in the performing arts.
(2) alternatively, some use the term "artiste" to indicate someone who believes themselves to be a great artist or performer while the world would disagree. Think of this use as a derogatory comment on someone's delusions of artistic grandeur.

But "artiste" is the literal French-to-English translation or "artist" so it is permissible to use them synonymously.

Did you happen to have a GMAT example that required this distinction? I would suspect that if it was found online, it might have been a typo (I doubt the GMAT would test this VERY squishy distinction).

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Post Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:47 am
Thanks Whit for the help. No, it was a very general query, not very specific to GMAT.

Mankey

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