A term used to describe works composed of a combination of different media or materials

1 of 3
  • Pablo Picasso, 'Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper' 1913

    Pablo Picasso
    Bottle of Vieux Marc, Glass, Guitar and Newspaper 1913
    Collage and pen and ink on blue paper
    support: 467 x 625 mm
    Purchased 1961 Succession Picasso/DACS 2002

    View the main page for this artwork

  • Eileen Agar, 'Angel of Anarchy' 1936-40

    Eileen Agar
    Angel of Anarchy 1936-40
    Textiles over plaster and mixed media
    object: 520 x 317 x 336 mm
    Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1983 The estate of Eileen Agar

    View the main page for this artwork

  • Colin Self, 'Leopardskin Nuclear Bomber No. 2' 1963

    Colin Self
    Leopardskin Nuclear Bomber No. 2 1963
    Painted wood, aluminium, steel and cloth
    unconfirmed: 95 x 800 x 420 mm, 2 kg
    Purchased 1993 Colin Self. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2002

    View the main page for this artwork

The use of mixed media began around 1912 with the cubist collages and constructions of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and has become widespread as artists developed increasingly open attitudes to the media of art. Essentially art can be made of anything or any combination of things.