French term which translates as pasted paper, papier collé is a specific form of collage that is closer to drawing than painting

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  • 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

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  • Juan Gris, 'The Sunblind' 1914

    Juan Gris
    The Sunblind 1914
    Gouache, collage, chalk and charcoal on canvas
    support: 921 x 727 mm frame: 1001 x 812 x 79 mm
    Purchased 1946

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  • Pablo Picasso, 'Still Life' 1914

    Pablo Picasso
    Still Life 1914
    Painted wood and upholstery fringe
    object: 254 x 457 x 92 mm
    Purchased 1969 Succession Picasso/DACS 2002

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The cubist painter Georges Braque first used it when he drew on imitation wood-grain paper that had been pasted onto white paper. Both Braque and Pablo Picasso made a number of papiers collés in the last three months of 1912 and in early 1913, with Picasso substituting the wood-grain paper favoured by Braque with pages from the newspaper Le Journal in an attempt to introduce the reality of everyday life into the pictures.

Picasso also developed the idea of the papier collé into a three-dimensional assemblage when he made Guitar in 1912.