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"By the time I can take people out to where Hubble is looking, they won't be human anymore, by a long way."
- Larry Niven

Paint-to-Order Robot Artist  
  A robotic mechanism that could produce a unique picture, given subject and artistic style.  

First reference to "robot artist" as far as I know.

The commercial artist on the street was temporarily vacant. She hesitated for a moment between her duty to find Danny at once and her desire to own a real work of art. The middle aged couple heading toward the booth decided her. Swiftly she inserted a coin.

“Yes?” said the deep gruff voice of the mechanism.

“I’d like two pictures.” she said...

She considered. “Something different,” she said. “Maybe a combined Miro and Goya.”

“The two styles aren’t compatible,” warned the commercial artist.

“Then make them compatible,” she answered. “It’s time the two were reconciled.”

The commercial artist could not sigh. “Subject matter of the Miro-Goya picture?”

“A peaceful scene. Perhaps rockets to the moon.”

“Goya never heard of rockets,” began the artist...

“Project them,” she insisted reasonably... She wasn’t going to argue with a robot.

The Miro-Goya picture was harder. Trial and error were necessary. The results would not be happy; a schizoid painting was bound to ensue. It was the task of the commercial artist to see that the pictorial insanity was not too evident.

From The Music Master, by F.L. Wallace.
Published by Imagination in 1953
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I’d like two pictures.” she said.
“Subject matter?”
“One for a child’s room. Danny Tocar, age n. You have ac- cess to personality records.”
“I do. But if you can give me some indication — ”
“Oh something by Roualt. That should be harmless.”
The robot artist noted that. “Daylight or night?”
“Something that glows in the dark.” she said.

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