The adjective aesthetic comes in handy when the subject at hand is beauty or the arts. A velvet painting of dogs playing poker might have minimal aesthetic appeal.

Aesthetic, from a Greek word meaning "perception," comes to us from German philosophers who used it for a theory of the beautiful. From this technical sense, it soon came to refer to good taste and to artistry in general; if something has "aesthetic value," it has value as a work of art (even if nobody will pay much for it). It does not, however, refer to the objects themselves; do not talk about an "aesthetic painting."

Definitions of aesthetic
  1. adjective
    concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste
    “the aesthetic faculties”
    “an aesthetic person”
    aesthetic feeling”
    “the illustrations made the book an aesthetic success”
    synonyms: aesthetical, esthetic, esthetical
    satisfying aesthetic standards and sensibilities
    cosmetic, enhancive
    serving an aesthetic purpose in beautifying the body
    having qualities unique to the art of painting
    taking delight in beauty
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    inaesthetic, unaesthetic
    violating aesthetic canons or requirements; deficient in tastefulness or beauty
    inartistic, unartistic
    lacking aesthetic sensibility;
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  2. adjective
    aesthetically pleasing
    synonyms: artistic, esthetic
    having or showing or conforming to good taste
  3. adjective
    relating to or dealing with the subject of aesthetics
    aesthetic values”
    synonyms: esthetic
  4. noun
    (philosophy) a philosophical theory as to what is beautiful
    synonyms: esthetic
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    type of:
    philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory
    a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
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