Joseph Nathan Cohen

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

New Objectivity

Generating images in the style of New Objectivity 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 New Objectivity 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): New Objectivity, a 1920s German art movement, is characterized by realistic, unembellished depiction of life, moving away from the emotional expressiveness of Expressionism. The style exists in two tendencies: Verists, who satirically and provocatively represent the harsh realities of contemporary life, and Classicists, who focus on timeless and universal qualities in a sober, detached way. Emphasis is often laid on particular features or objects, giving a precise, factual, and impartial document of the times. Notable artists include George Grosz and Max Beckmann. To create art in this style, focus on detailing the reality without emotional infusion, emphasize features or motifs, and maintain a sober, practical aesthetics.

he 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.