Collage’s First Century

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.

Art of RetroCollage proudly presents two new poster designs commemorating collage’s first century.

Number 1:

Collage 1912-2012: Celebrating 100 Years of Gluing Stuff Together

Collage 1912-2012: Celebrating 100 Years of Gluing Stuff Together (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

 

Number 2:

Collage 1912-2012: the Original Cut-&-Paste

Collage 1912-2012: the Original Cut-&-Paste (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

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(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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  • Create With Joy November 20, 2012, 11:44 am

    Great posters – great history lesson – happy Thanksgiving to you!

    • Eric Edelman November 20, 2012, 2:31 pm

      Thanks very much–Happy WW and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

  • Monica November 20, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I have been doing a lot of cutting of images from magazines and Mod Podging them to stretched canvas with great results….I have a few on display in my home.

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 1:59 am

      Thanks, Monica! I hope that you’ll post pictures of your collages on your blog soon; they sound very interesting.

  • Monica November 20, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Interesting info and collages. I’ve made some physically cut & pasted collages recently and have them hanging in my house!

  • Claudia November 20, 2012, 3:47 pm

    Great collages! I love that art period – cubism, surrealism – great!

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 1:53 am

      Thanks for your kind comment, Claudia! Yes, it was a great time in the art world; lots of creative ferment and change. And it made possible a lot of what we do today.

  • alissa November 20, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Don’t forget about Jean Dubuffet, who helped coin the term, “Collage”. He is most noted for his sculptures, but he started out doing collages.

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 1:50 am

      Very good point. Dubuffet is also noted for creating and formalizing the concept of Art Brut, or “Raw Art”; his sculpture and collages fit into that conceptual framework very well. Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment, Alissa!

  • Judy Haughton-James November 20, 2012, 6:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information! Very interesting. Thanks also for hosting.

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 1:45 am

      Thanks very much for your visit and your kind comment, Judy! Happy WW!

  • Erika November 21, 2012, 7:20 am

    Is it really 100 years old?! I’m a surrealist fan in particular! Happy Thanksgiving, Eric :)

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 11:47 pm

      Yes it is, Erika–a century! I’m also a fan of Surrealism (but you knew that already, didn’t you? 😉 ) Thanks for your visit and your comment!

  • Daryl - My Eyes November 21, 2012, 9:34 am

    Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving … and happy centennial to collagers everywhere

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 12:53 pm

      Thanks very much, Daryl! A happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well…and hope you also have a great WW.

  • ❤ Julie Maloney ❤ (@Momspective) November 21, 2012, 5:22 pm

    Those are great pictures, glad I found you at WW HQ!

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 11:07 pm

      Thanks very much, Julie! Glad you enjoyed them. Happy WW & happy Thanksgiving!

  • Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly November 21, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Good One! Collage really is the original cut and paste!

    Happy WW and Happy Thanksgiving! :)

    • Eric Edelman November 21, 2012, 11:03 pm

      Thanks very much, Tracy! Likewise, Happy WW & happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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