Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

Metaphysical art

Generating images in the style of Metaphysical 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 Metaphysical 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): Metaphysical art is characterized by dreamlike scenes with sharp contrasts of light and shadow with a mysterious, often threatening, quality. Key elements include deserted squares bordered by steeply receding arcades, shown in a raking light. Tiny figures or featureless dressmaker’s mannequins may be present, producing dislocation in time and space. The overall effect is a sense of metaphysical unease and disquiet.

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.