January 7, 2016

Painting With The Girls 7

January 7, 2016.

Day 7 (359 days to go)

Postcard watercolor, collage 5X7

Since I’m doing a little collage, I decided to look into the history of collages.

Glue and paper were used in China and Japan for many centuries, but the actual term collage comes from 1912.  Picasso, Braque, and Gris were the first painters to use collages on their canvases during their cubism period.

Collages are associated with the beginning of Modernism. The idea of a three- dimensional canvas and the idea of news print bringing written concepts into the piece revolutionized every convention in art.

In the 1950s, German artist Wolf Vostell (one of the Father’s on Installations, 1932-1998), coined the phrase Décollage, which is the opposite of a collage. It is the act of ripping off a piece from the original work, and then maybe leaving it as is or gluing something on top.

I like this technique a lot. If one is trying to add color or texture with paper, it looks nicer when it is glued onto paper again. I would say it blends better, because the edges of the paper are less prominent.