AI uses algorithm to create painting that Christie’s sells for $432,500

Artificial intelligence has forayed into almost every industry! While the world has no dearth of artists, recently an algorithm created a piece of art that recently sold for $432,500 by auction house Christie’s.

Paris-based collective Obvious curated and fashioned the painting, titled “The Portrait of Edmond Belamy.” The six-figure sum is quite astonishing given how Christie’s online catalogue’s estimated only a $7,000-$10,000 price tag.
Christie’s describes the artwork featuring Edmond de Belamy as a “portly gentleman, possibly French and — to judge by his dark frockcoat and plain white collar — a man of the church.” Of course, the signature element of the painting is the actual algorithm used to create it.

Obvious co-founder Hugo Caselles-Dupré said the AI was fed a data set of 15,000 portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries. The AI features a “Generator” which makes a new image, and a “Discriminator” which attempts to tell which images were made by man or the algorithm.

“The aim is to fool the discriminator into thinking that the new images are real-life portraits. Then we have a result,” said Caselles-Dupré in a statement.


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