Joseph Nathan Cohen

Department of Sociology, CUNY Queens College, New York, NY

Art Deco

Generating images in the style of Art Deco

This post is an installment in the Generative AI Art Style series, a practical knowledge project designed to help content creators fine-tune the aesthetics of their generated images by references to and descriptions of popular art styles.  Click here to read more on the project.

This page depicts the results of mentioning Art Deco art in your prompt. Click here to learn about this project

Click here for this visual art style’s Wikipedia page

Generated Thick Descriptor (via Chat-GPT 4):  Art deco, a visual art style from the early 20th century, is characterized by bold geometric forms, lavish ornamentation, and bright colors. The aesthetic combines modernist styles with fine craftsmanship and rich materials. Elements may include angular, symmetrical geometric forms, zigzags, trapezoids, chevrons, and sunburst motifs. To create art in this style, use streamlined shapes, luxurious materials like chrome or ivory, and infuse the work with a sense of glamour, sophistication, and modernity.

Human Observation:  This is a case where the thick prompt renders a much different aesthetic than with the simple prompt.  I speculate that there are many images  of art deco architecture, and that the model was more likely to conflate the two kinds of images than with an art movement that was strictly confined to visual art.  

The table below depicts New York City’s Times Square and Northern Ontario’s Lake Kenogamissi. The left column shows the results of a “thin” prompt, in which the style was requested in name only. The right column shows the results of a “thick” prompt, in which the generated prompt was used.

Times Square

These images show what Generative AI renders when one requests that an image be rendered in well-known art styles. This series does not purport to describe major art styles as understood in the art scholarship community. If you have expertise in art and want to explain why these images do or do not capture the essence of these fields, then please do so in the comments section below.