Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

Magic Realism

Generating images in the style of Magic Realism art.

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 Magic Realism 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): Magic realism is a fusion of real and magical elements, presented in a remarkably detailed and realistic setting. To create art in this style, you should weave together components of normality with hints of the supernatural or fantastical. The key is the seamless merging of the real and magical, blurring the lines between them, even having them coexist in an otherwise mundane setting. It should paint reality, but with a twist of the unbelievable subtly inserted into the scene.

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.