Qualcomm digitally reimagines Parisian masterpiece
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
 French masterpiece ‘Liberty Leading the People’ Élina Kechicheva used Qualcomm technology to reimagine Eugène Delacroix’s 1830 French masterpiece, Liberty Leading the People (credit: Qualcomm)

US telecoms giant Qualcomm has unveiled a digital reimagining of Eugène Delacroix’s 1830 French masterpiece ‘Liberty Leading the People’ at the Louvre gallery in Paris, France.

According to Qualcomm, the artwork was created by Élina Kechicheva to remind viewers of the role that technology plays with “revolutionary devices that businesses and consumers are utilising now, and will utilise in future from smartphones, laptops, cars and extended reality” to transform the globe.

The original Delacroix masterpiece commemorates the July Revolution of 1830 that led to the overthrow of King Charles X of France. In Kechicheva’s adaptation which spans the façade of the Louvre, the perspective of the painting has been digitally reversed and repainted in full to “provide the viewer with the unique vantage point of being one of the leaders of the revolution”.

Commenting on the painting, Kechicheva said: “Reimagining such an iconic artwork was a serious challenge, and something I did not take lightly. I hope people can connect with this artwork and engage with it either in person or online, and that it speaks to them in a new way by offering a fresh perspective.”

The US giant, which earlier this year launched the world’s first autonomous drone platform with both 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, said the current digital revolution mirrors the French revolution of 1830 in that it will impact on people and business activities in France, Europe and beyond, moving forward.

Don McGuire, senior vice president of Qualcomm, said: “This artwork speaks to Qualcomm’s spirit of innovation, leadership, and progress, and the power of those forces combined to deliver positive change in the world through technology.”

In January of this year, Qualcomm opened new 5G and future 6G R&D centres in Lannion and Issy-Les-Moulineaux, to develop its agreement as a technology partner to France and the EU.

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