DALL E sucks

1. painting, bowl of soup floating in space surrounded by galaxies and stars, John Atkinson Grimshaw

Here we ask our AI to generate a painting with a style similar to John Atkinson Grimshaw. John Atkinson Grimshaw (6 September 1836–13 October 1893) was an English Victorian-era artist best known for his nocturnal scenes of urban landscapes. He was called a “remarkable and imaginative painter” by the critic and historian Christopher Wood in Victorian Painting (1999). Some examples of his paintings can be found below:

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2. galaxies and stars in space, John Atkinson Grimshaw

Again we ask about an image inspired by John Atkinson’s work

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3. oil painting, atoms dancing in a bowl of soup in space

This is an interesting experiment since we do not specify a specific style. Again we compare DALL E mini with DALLE 2.

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4. painting, then came the trees, John Atkinson Grimshaw

This input again uses Atkinsons style, however, the input is really abstract.

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5. picture, prehistoric trees on fire, Henri Rousseau

Let’s change painter and ask some Henri Rousseau style

Henri Rousseau paintings
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6. painting, clever apes making fire, Alexej von Jawlensky

This time we will use a new painter named Alexej von Jawlensky. Alexej Georgewitsch von Jawlensky (13 March 1864–15 March 1941), surname also spelt as Yavlensky, was a Russian expressionist painter active in Germany. He was a key member of the New Munich Artist’s Association (Neue Künstlervereinigung München), Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) group and later the Die Blaue Vier (The Blue Four).

Alexej von Jawlensky paintings
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7. painting, clever apes making fire, Henri Rousseau

Interestingly let’s see the same input from a different painting style perspective.

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8. painting, clever apes making fire, John Atkinson Grimshaw

And lastly the same input from Atkinson

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9. painting, sunlight kissing leaves gave birth to trees, Jean-Francois Millet

Jean-François Millet (4 October 1814–20 January 1875) was a French artist and one of the founders of the Barbizon school in rural France. Millet is noted for his paintings of peasant farmers and can be categorized as part of the Realism art movement. Toward the end of his career he became increasingly interested in painting pure landscapes. He is known best for his oil paintings but is also noted for his pastels, conte crayon drawings, and etchings. Examples of his paintings are shown below:

Millet Paintings
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10. painting, sunlight kissing leaves gave birth to trees

Let’s try the same input as above without mentioning any specific painting style. Here we will compare PixRay with DALL E2

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11. painting, trees kissing firelight gave birth to fields of ash

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12. painting, thousand-year old forests were felled for heat and light

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13. painting, across the known world, band of humans sit by fires and rejoiced

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14. painting, humans celebrating another day of survival

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15. painting, we cut down the trees for fuel, Arnold Bocklin

Arnold Böcklin (16 October 1827–16 January 1901) was a Swiss symbolist painter. Influenced by Romanticism, Böcklin’s symbolist use of imagery derived from mythology and legend often overlapped with the aesthetic of the Pre-Raphaelites. Many of his paintings are imaginative interpretations of the classical world, or portray mythological subjects in settings involving classical architecture, often allegorically exploring death and mortality in the context of a strange, fantasy world.

Arnold Paintings
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16. painting, a road made of dead trees in the morning light, Richard Dadd

Richard Dadd (1 August 1817–7 January 1886) was an English painter of the Victorian era, noted for his depictions of fairies and other supernatural subjects, Orientalist scenes, and enigmatic genre scenes, rendered with obsessively minuscule detail. Most of the works for which he is best known were created while he was a patient in Bethlem and Broadmoor hospitals.

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17. painting, caveman lit a fire under organic soup in the forest. things began to bubble, Henri Rousseau

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18. painting, a city made of dead trees, Dorothea Tanning

Dorothea Margaret Tanning (25 August 1910–31 January 2012) was an American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and poet. Her early work was influenced by Surrealism.

Dorothea Paintings
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19. painting, a city made of dead trees, Arnold Bocklin

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20. painting, they gave their bodies to build our cities, Wayne Barlowe

Wayne Barlowe is a world-renowned science fiction and fantasy author and artist who has created images for books, film and galleries and written novels, screenplays and a number of art books. After attending Cooper Union he started his career painting hundreds of paperback covers for all of the major publishers and magazine illustrations for LIFE, TIME and NEWSWEEK.

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21. painting, we wrote our histories, philosophies and shopping lists on their pulpy flesh, Wayne Barlowe

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22. painting, but this was not sufficient, Wayne Barlowe

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23. painting, we cut down the trees for fuel, Wayne Barlowe

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24. painting, trees crushed and compressed for millions of years in the pressure cooker of the earth, Tom Thomson

Thomas John Thomson (August 5, 1877 — July 8, 1917) was a Canadian artist active in the early 20th century. During his short career, he produced roughly 400 oil sketches on small wood panels and approximately 50 larger works on canvas. His works consist almost entirely of landscapes, depicting trees, skies, lakes, and rivers. He used broad brush strokes and a liberal application of paint to capture the beauty and colour of the Ontario landscape. Thomson’s accidental death by drowning at 39 shortly before the founding of the Group of Seven is seen as a tragedy for Canadian art.

Tom Thomson paintings
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25. painting, extinct trees transformed to coal, Dorothea Tanning, dark and smoky

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26. painting, smoky clouds over crowded tenements, Hubert Robert

Hubert Robert (22 May 1733–15 April 1808) was a French painter, noted for his landscape paintings and capriccio, or semi-fictitious picturesque depictions of ruins in Italy and of France.

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27. painting, pickaxes scarred the earth, Zdzislaw Beksinski

Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929–21 February 2005) was a Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor, specializing in the field of dystopian surrealism.

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28. painting, black dust scarred the lungs, Zdzislaw Beksinski

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29. painting, forges spat out locomotives, Zdzislaw Beksinski

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30. painting, railways demolished distance, Dorothea Tanning

Here we use midjourney algorithms. Midjourney is an independent research lab exploring new mediums of thought and expanding the imaginative powers of the human species.

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