A Stunning Showcase Of The World's First Artworks Made On Computers

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Today, thanks to computer graphics and digital drawing tablets, we see tons of artwork that has been made with the help of a computer. Computers and art have long gone hand-in-hand, and here you can see some of the earliest pieces of computer-assisted art.

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Oscillon 40, by Ben Laposky, 1952. The artist used an oscilloscope to manipulate electronic waves on a small screen.

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Lictformen (Light Forms), by Herbert Franke, 1953-1955

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First image-processed photo at the National Bureau of Standards, by Russell A. Kirsch, 1957

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A digital rendering of a pin-up girl, made by an IBM programmer at a SAGE Direction Center in the late 1950s. These centers were powered by the 250-ton IBM AN/FSQ-7.

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Oscillon 520, by Ben Laposky, 1960

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Electronic Graphics, by Herbert Franke, 1961-1962

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Tanz der Elektronen, by Herbert W. Franke, 1961-1962

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Pictures made with the Henry Drawing Machine, invented by Desmond Paul Henry, early 1960s

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Transitional Works of Charles Csuri, made between 1962 and 1965, with a modified pantograph device

After Paul Cézanne:

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After Albrecht Dürer:

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After Paul Klee:

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The first ever computer-generated images of a human, the "Boeing Man" by William Fetter, 1964

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Studies in Perception, a reclining nude of the dancer Deborah Hay, by Leon D. Harmon and Kenneth C. Knowlton, 1966

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Edward Zajec: RAM compositions from 1969, done on an IBM 1620

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Untitled Computer Assisted Drawing, by Paul Brown, 1975

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Diamond Variation I and II, by Ruth Leavitt, 1975

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