New neural algorithm can make photos look like Picasso’s or Van Gogh’s paintings

A group of researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. Technically called “deep learning” algorithms, they are already in use by companies such as Google for image recognition and other applications.

“The system uses neural representations to separate and recombine content and style of arbitrary images, providing a neural algorithm for the creation of artistic images,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “Here we introduce an artificial system based on a Deep Neural Network that creates artistic images of high perceptual quality.”

A photograph of apartments by a river in Tubingen, Germany was processed to be stylistically similar to various paintings, including J.M. Turner’s “The Wreck of a Transport Ship,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream.”

Fotografia Original do rio em Tubingen, Alemanha.
river in tubingen - J M Turner The Wreck of a Transport Ship version
river in tubingen, Edvard Munch The Scream version
river in tubingen, Van Gogh Starry Night version
river in tubingen femme nue assise pablo picasso
river in tubingen wassily kandinsky Composition VII

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