In 2012, collage celebrated its first century. And what a century it’s been!
In 1912, Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso created the first fine art collages by pasting newspaper and wallpaper on their paintings, which soon inspired other artists to begin working in the new medium. Initially Cubist in focus, collage was soon adopted–and adapted–by the Dadaists and Surrealists. Later on, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Op Art, and conceptual art would give rise to different styles of collage.
In the post-modern, post-twentieth-century art world, collage is still going strong. Although its latest developments might include digitally manipulated and combined images, physically cut and pasted collages are now more popular than ever.