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Collage Drawing

Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque are often credited with the invention of the collage technique within the visual arts. When the two artists created cubism between 1908 and 1914, they invented a method for representing space and perspectives that allowed them to comprehend objects from different angles, thus offering a more complete vision of reality through painting and sculpture.

In 1912, they start experimenting with a brand new medium, collage. To obtain the desired composition, they used fragments of several images that they assembled to build objects. It is by following this process that they created the famous work “Nature Morte à la Chaise Cannée”, one of the first collages to be recognised as an artwork. They gave up on using collage a few years later but numerous artistic movements of the 20th century went on to make use of this innovative technique. This was to the delight of the poet Charles Baudelaire, who wished to see artists transform and work with elements of “the shop of the images and signs” that made up reality.

Surrealist, Dadaist, and Futurist artists adopt this technique and start to cut and combine different elements: newsprint, cardboard (to create embossed designs), old magazines (for vintage collages), several photos and various objects were assembled to produce a single work. The use of disparate collages marked the end of the reign of noble materials and oil painting, opening the way for deconstruction and reconstruction, random and unlikely combinations.

Louis Aragon, André Breton, Jacques Prévert et Pierre-Olivier Walzer start introducing this practice in literature through the odd juxtapositions of ideas in their texts, followed by Edward Verral Lucas and George Morrow who produced the first collage book, which narrates the story of an English dandy using images from a department store. The Dadaists Raoul Hausmann, Hannah Hoch, Max Ernst, and John Heartfield were fond of the collage technique, particularly for interpreting the contemporary events.

Painters such as Paul Klee and Henri Matisse also engaged in the technique of artistic collage: Paul Klee by giving a second life and second identity to old works, and Henri Matisse by cutting painted paper which he pieced together to create stunning compositions.

By adapting collage to their own style, each artist creates uniques effects with this technique: Jean Dubuffet assembles his own paintings to draw meandering lines, Jiri Kolar fragments his collages to create geometrical optics, Bernard Réquichot accumulates images of a single subject to provoke disgust, Pop Art artists pick up the symbols of capitalism in magazines… As for contemporary art, collage manifests itself in Street Art, for example in the works of the artist Madame.

On Artsper you’ll find a wide variety of collage works, such as Philippe Garnier de la Baudinière’s minimalist works, Bonnie and Clyde’s exotic collages, Matthew Rose’s assemblages of photographs, words and drawings, the stories told by Alexandre Taillandier in modern paintings…

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Meteo Meteo, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Meteo Meteo

Sans titre, 2021
24 x 16 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$54 $71

Stanislav Bojankov, Nocturne CXCXXV, Fine Art Drawings

Stanislav Bojankov

Nocturne CXCXXV, 2015
25 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$87 $96

Marian Williams, For Your Eyes Only 15, Fine Art Drawings

Marian Williams

For Your Eyes Only 15, 2019
44.5 x 31.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Matthew Rose, After the Flood, Fine Art Drawings

Matthew Rose

After the Flood, 2012
24 x 72 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,988

Gaby Joséphine, Popeye, Fine Art Drawings

Gaby Joséphine

Popeye, 2019
52 x 52 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$422

Our recommendations Jacek Swigulski, Muse V, Fine Art Drawings

Jacek Swigulski

Muse V, 2011
100 x 70 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,084

Mathilde de Bellecombe, Beaucoup de choses à faire, Fine Art Drawings

Mathilde de Bellecombe

Beaucoup de choses à faire, 2013
12 x 12 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$157

Magda Von Hanau, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Magda Von Hanau

Untitled, 2020
30 x 21 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Pierre-François Grimaldi, Boulevard Montmartre, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre-François Grimaldi

Boulevard Montmartre, 2020
80 x 80 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$6,265

Maud Vantours, Lounge Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Maud Vantours

Lounge Landscape, 2018
116 x 51 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$6,627

Gouzy, Big Horns, Fine Art Drawings

Gouzy

Big Horns, 2016
39 x 29 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$663

Marianna Oklejak, A squirrel, Fine Art Drawings

Marianna Oklejak

A squirrel, 2020
35 x 39.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$301

Fernando Alday, Bodegón I, Fine Art Drawings

Fernando Alday

Bodegón I, 2017
33 x 33 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$482

Nacho Mariezcurrena, Vacio Fertil/Fertile Void, Fine Art Drawings

Nacho Mariezcurrena

Vacio Fertil/Fertile Void, 2021
50 x 40 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$280

Fieroza Doorsen, Untitled (ID 1293), Fine Art Drawings

Fieroza Doorsen

Untitled (ID 1293), 2016
29.5 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,765

Nick Tidnam, Moroccan Suite III, Fine Art Drawings

Nick Tidnam

Moroccan Suite III, 2021
30 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,405

Sorane Rotellini, Racine #4, Fine Art Drawings

Sorane Rotellini

Racine #4, 2014
43 x 33 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,084

Emanuele Ravagnani, Self-Portrait #4, Fine Art Drawings

Emanuele Ravagnani

Self-Portrait #4, 2017
44 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Toma Jankowski, Basquiat's dream, Fine Art Drawings

Toma Jankowski

Basquiat's dream, 2021
21 x 27 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,687

Harald Kröner, 12.06.10, Fine Art Drawings

Harald Kröner

12.06.10, 2010
16.8 x 15 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,186

Thaddée, Parc à météorites, Fine Art Drawings

Thaddée

Parc à météorites, 2018
20.6 x 17.8 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$506

Jean-Pierre Le Boul'ch, Femme mécanique n°3, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Pierre Le Boul'ch

Femme mécanique n°3, 1968
12 x 15 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$542

Gipé, C.1, Fine Art Drawings

Gipé

C.1, 2016
42 x 29 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$542

Bogdan Pikulicki, A girl, Fine Art Drawings

Bogdan Pikulicki

A girl, 2017
17 x 13 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$241

Carine Manjoo, Gibier après la chasse, Fine Art Drawings

Carine Manjoo

Gibier après la chasse, 2015
80 x 30 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$607

Anne-Laure Maison, Bang Bang, Fine Art Drawings

Anne-Laure Maison

Bang Bang, 2020
29 x 23 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$602

Our recommendations Ignasi Aballí, Traduction d'un dictionnaire japonais de combinaisons de couleurs - partie 1, Fine Art Drawings

Ignasi Aballí

Traduction d'un dictionnaire japonais de combinaisons de couleurs - partie 1, 2018
41 x 29 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,819

Geneviève Seillé, The red river, Fine Art Drawings

Geneviève Seillé

The red river, 2008
117 x 96 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,699

Our recommendations Erró, Melting Pot, Fine Art Drawings

Erró

Melting Pot, 2001
27 x 19 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,652

Michel Flamme, Viola, Fine Art Drawings

Michel Flamme

Viola, 2016
65 x 65 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,554

Pat Andrea, Regards, Fine Art Drawings

Pat Andrea

Regards, 2015
50 x 65 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,012

Bak Bertille, Complaisant 1 (Antigua-et-Barbuda), Fine Art Drawings

Bak Bertille

Complaisant 1 (Antigua-et-Barbuda), 2014
13 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$5,783

Our recommendations TMM, Star Wars The Force, Fine Art Drawings

TMM

Star Wars The Force, 2017
100 x 100 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,928

Muriel Deumie, L'homme animal, Fine Art Drawings

Muriel Deumie

L'homme animal, 2020
60 x 80 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$892

Paul Philibert-Charrin, Chant de Mars, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Philibert-Charrin

Chant de Mars, 1970
81 x 54 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,036

Bruno Mallart, Le roi de la jungle, Fine Art Drawings

Bruno Mallart

Le roi de la jungle, 2020
22 x 22 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,205

Doïna Vieru, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Doïna Vieru

Untitled, 2017
21.3 x 14.4 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$482

Igor Souza, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Igor Souza

Untitled, 2015
42 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$783

Marc Thivierge, Rêves de nous deux, Fine Art Drawings

Marc Thivierge

Rêves de nous deux, 2017
63.5 x 30.48 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$800

David Gerstein, Megalopolis - Paper Cut, Fine Art Drawings

David Gerstein

Megalopolis - Paper Cut, 2006
100 x 80 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

2,500 - $ 5,000

Francisco Nicolás, ST97A, Fine Art Drawings

Francisco Nicolás

ST97A, 1997
15 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$181

Our recommendations Raluca Arnautu, Fallen Angel, Fine Art Drawings

Raluca Arnautu

Fallen Angel, 2019
40 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$843

André-Pierre Arnal, Composition abstraite, Fine Art Drawings

André-Pierre Arnal

Composition abstraite, 2009
65 x 50 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,048

Teko van Kuyk, Cristiano Ronaldo Collage, Fine Art Drawings

Teko van Kuyk

Cristiano Ronaldo Collage, 2016
70 x 50 x 5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$422

Tommaso Cascella, Musical Notes, Fine Art Drawings

Tommaso Cascella

Musical Notes, 2009
33.5 x 26 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$542

Sergio Barletta, Collage, Fine Art Drawings

Sergio Barletta

Collage, 1975
35.5 x 25.2 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$602

Jakub Pasierkiewicz, Unnamed moment, Fine Art Drawings

Jakub Pasierkiewicz

Unnamed moment, 2015
59 x 52 x 5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,118

Our recommendations Louis Lambert (3ttman), Dibujo 1, Fine Art Drawings

Louis Lambert (3ttman)

Dibujo 1, 2019
42 x 29.7 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$892

Matthieu Ribo, DFWM#04, Fine Art Drawings

Matthieu Ribo

DFWM#04, 2018
39 x 29 x 1.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$361

Christophe Stouvenel, No Sense Lady, Fine Art Drawings

Christophe Stouvenel

No Sense Lady, 2018
24 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$119

Dorine van der Ploeg, Pool XIX, Fine Art Drawings

Dorine van der Ploeg

Pool XIX, 2020
42 x 60 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,265

Tchago Martins, The famous artist arrived at the open market, Fine Art Drawings

Tchago Martins

The famous artist arrived at the open market, 2015
30 x 21 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$422

Arthur Aeschbacher, Pharmacie Van Lier Namur, Fine Art Drawings

Arthur Aeschbacher

Pharmacie Van Lier Namur, 1965
34 x 29 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,807

Jesse Willems, Grus Grus, Fine Art Drawings

Jesse Willems

Grus Grus, 2019
41 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,349

Petr Strnad, Épicentre, Fine Art Drawings

Petr Strnad

Épicentre, 2017
37.7 x 27.4 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$241

Jacques Lacroix, Untitled , Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Lacroix

Untitled , 2015
100 x 80 x 4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,410

Claude Cruz, Corto Maltese, Fine Art Drawings

Claude Cruz

Corto Maltese, 2020
30 x 30 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$663

Virut Panchabuse, Rihanna, Fine Art Drawings

Virut Panchabuse

Rihanna, 2019
170 x 120 x 2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$12,904

Narciso Debourg, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Narciso Debourg

Untitled, 1952
30 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,440

David Ameil, Barcelona, Fine Art Drawings

David Ameil

Barcelona, 2017
70 x 70 x 3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$904

Hiran Mitra, Falling Leaves 053, Fine Art Drawings

Hiran Mitra

Falling Leaves 053, 2015
30 x 40 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,024

Mairi Timoney, Valley, Fine Art Drawings

Mairi Timoney

Valley, 2018
25 x 25 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$663

Stefanie Heyer, L'intrus, Fine Art Drawings

Stefanie Heyer

L'intrus, 2013
40 x 30 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$663

Francesco Viscuso, The Procession, Fine Art Drawings

Francesco Viscuso

The Procession, 2017
70 x 50 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$422

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