Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

Lyrical Abstraction

Generating images in the style of Lyrical Abstraction.

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 Lyrical Abstraction 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): Lyrical abstraction is marked by free-form, often spontaneous or instinctive use of the elements and principles of art. The style evokes emotion through color, texture, and form, typically creating a sense of energy, rhythm, and movement. Abstract expressionists like Arshile Gorky were characterized as practitioners of this approach. To create art in this style, use a variety of colors, movements and techniques that reflect an emotional state rather than a specific object or scene. Experiment with brush strokes, layers, and texture, focusing on personal expression.

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 no