In the age of growing technological dependence, artificial intelligence has become an undeniable part of life. However, taking the thought to new heights, it has made its debut in the field of art as well. A painting created by artificial intelligence was sold at 432,000 US Dollars on Thursday, October 25, at the Christie's Prints and Multiples art auction in New York. The portrait called the 'Portrait of Edmond Bellamy' features a gentleman dressed in black. The artwork was expected to fetch between 7,000 to 10,000 US Dollars, however, it has shocked everyone by making 432,000 US Dollars.
As per media reports, it is the first artwork which is entirely made by AI. It was the work of a type of algorithm known as Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and was created by a Paris-based art group called Obvious, which aims to use artificial intelligence to art. It was reportedly devised by artist Pierre Fautrel, who ran 15,000 classic portraits painted between the 14th and 20th centuries through a computer software, to understand those artworks and start creating its own images. To make the piece of art accurate, another system called the Discriminator was fit in to detect the difference between artificial and man-made painting. The portrait was under scanner till the time no difference was noted.
Obvious has created a series of AI portraits and the 'Portrait of Edmond Bellamy' is one of them. The organization is selling the other portraits of characters that never existed for 10,000 Euros in a pop on its website, however, the group might rethink its decision after one of the portraits in the series has fetched them such a huge amount.
The portrait is framed in gold and at the first glance appears to be like any other standard portrait from the 18th or 19th century. However, when observed closely one can figure out that the face is fuzzy and the picture seemingly unfinished. Interestingly, instead of an artist's signature, it bears the stamp of a mathematical formula on the right corner.