I have developed a device that enables maximum quality photography in a fraction of the time usually needed.

All serious art photography tries to overcome the same problems:

  • Achieving uniformity of illumination
  • Eliminating reflections that arise from small cracks and asperities on the canvas
  • Generating a resolution high enough to reproduce the finest details
  • Overcoming spacial restrictions


A frequent answer to these challenges is to take partial pictures of a canvas and assemble them (“stich”) into a large unified photograph. This technique makes it possible to limit the illumination locally, to generate a high resolution and to take the photo quite close to artwork.


This method, however, requires a considerable amount of time and still still struggles with other restrictions mentioned above.  My new device delivers a solution for all of this.



 has developed and created a device that enables exeptionally high-resolution photography of paintings and other works of art.

Gustave Courbet,   Un enterrement à Ornans  © Musée d'Orsay

6.68 m  x  3.15 m

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Montage of 168 photos

Size  1.3 Gpx

7.7 GB in 16bit

Resolution  190 dpi in original size  (6.68m x 3.15m)

Distance from the painting  1.47m

Duration of photographic process  63min


PIXEL À L'ŒUVRE's innovative technology combines the following advantages:

  • Absolute uniformity of illumination of the full canvas
  • Maximal colour accuracy
  • Elimination of reflections
  • A high resolution, permitting reproduction in original size
  • Taking photographs in situ, without transportation of the canvas
  • No need to rope off a large amount of space around the painting
  • The efficient process makes possible the photography of several paintings in the time formerly needed for one
  • No scaffolding or additional construction needed
  • No additional personnel needed
  • Enables first-rate reproductions of hard-to-photograph pieces such as gobelins and frescos


6.50 m  x  4.25 m

Auguste  Glaize,   Les femmes gauloises,   en restauration   © Musée d'Orsay

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Montage of 77  photos

Size  515 Mpx

3.1 GB in 16bit

Resolution  110 dpi   in original size  (6.50m x 4.25m)

Distance from the painting  1.54m

Duration of photographic process  78min



The technology can be adapted for works of art of all sizes and can facilitate resolutions up to 1500dpi, which makes visible on the photo what is even too small for the human eye.

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Ernest Meissonier,   La campagne de France 1814   © Musée d'Orsay

0.75 m  x  0.50 m

Montage of 68  photos

Size  332 Mpx

1.9 GB in 16bit

Resolution  750 dpi   in original size  (0.75 x 0.50m)

Distance from the painting  0.36m

Duration of photographic process  28min


To take pictures of objects with a spatial deapth my système allows me, in combination with other techniques, to produce images in high definition on wich you can virtually remove structures that obstruct the view on the artwork.

Like this the photo shows us the entire artwork for the first time.


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Cathédrale LE  MANS,  chœur de l'annonciation,     restauration:  Géraldine Frey

This new system also allows me to fabracate a perfect 2D projection of some three-dimensional objects without the optical distorsions that are unavoidable on a traditional photograph.

This kind of projection is very usefull e.g. for the restauration of the artwork. It offers an equidistant image of the object, irrespective of its accessibility.

Cathédrale LE  MANS,  round arch,     restauration:  Géraldine Frey

Translation by Brian Noone

See  here for photos of a Courbet restoration at the Musée d'Orsay

All photos taken by Thorsten Greve / Pixel à l'œuvre with support of the  Musée d'Orsay.

The photos on this website are not optimised for Retina Displays.