Definition of collage in US English:



  • 1A piece of art made by sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric on to a backing.

    • ‘Rosenquist transforms the materially disjunctive qualities of collage into the planar unity of painting.’
    • ‘Kay Hassan's recent show at Gallery Momo incorporated works in three distinct media: watercolour, collage as well as an installation-based series of pieces.’
    • ‘The freely crafted arrangements seem to dance in space, revisiting Rebay's fusions of collage and watercolor on paper from early in her career, such as Paper Plastic.’
    • ‘Picasso's oeuvre eventually becomes a kind of vast Cubist collage itself, sprawling in all directions almost to the point of incoherence.’
    • ‘Similarly, artist Joanne, who works in Surrey, England, uses paint with collage and mixed media to gain both texture and depth in her abstract landscapes.’
    • ‘The pieces were heightened by the use of various techniques such as calligraphy, collage and photography and the materials used ranged from charcoal, crayon and marker to paint.’
    • ‘It's also one of the obvious connections to modernist art practices such as cubist or surrealist collage.’
    • ‘Taster sessions in drawing, art, photography, collage and sculpture were offered.’
    • ‘In 1912 Braque and Picasso began to introduce collage and papier collé: this lent a clearer, if schematic, system of reference into a style which had become increasingly abstract.’
    • ‘Abstract expressionism, collage, surrealism, impressionism and the use of other materials were expressly banned.’
    • ‘Louise is an emerging artist who prefers to work in mixed media and collage.’
    • ‘His techniques included collage and tracing with carbon or wax paper.’
    • ‘She works in collage and mixed media, carving, scratching and gluing the surface texture to create ‘visual dialogue.’’
    • ‘Could you describe the cut and its relationship to formal art movements, collage, and pastiche?’
    • ‘Pastel, gesso, watercolor, gouache, pencil, charcoal, acrylic, oil and collage all contribute to the way she constructs her images.’
    • ‘His creative expression is found in such diverse mediums as wood sculpture and costume, painting and collage, photography and watercolors.’
    • ‘Campbell is not only an avid painter, she is also experienced in teaching, lecturing and working with collage and sculpture.’
    • ‘This collection of 33 pieces contains a broad range of media including wood carvings, print, oil on paper, Indian ink drawings, collage and gouache.’
    • ‘Braque soon followed with his own distinctive type of collage, the papier collé, in which he applied strips or fragments of paper to a painting or drawing.’
    • ‘The irreverent flamboyance of pop art, collage, parody and deconstruction made offbeat performance more audience-friendly, more upmarket.’
    1. 1.1 The art of making collages.
      • ‘This was an aluminum, plywood, and corrugated-plastic shed decorated with a grisly paper collage and urban junk.’
      • ‘About 50 children took part in the Down My Street competition, creating drawings, collages and photographs of where they live.’
      • ‘Subsequently I cleaned up the images in PhotoShop, printed the collage on canvas art paper, and had the work framed as Christmas gifts for my mother and sister.’
      • ‘Invite the students to create a collage that incorporates the pictures into their compositions.’
      • ‘Drawings, paintings, projects, models and collages from individuals and groups of all ages are welcomed.’
      • ‘At the end of this month, your team will present your report with the facts and a poster, a diagram, a collage, or something creative that will represent your country.’
      • ‘Exhibiting artist, David Soul, is pictured with his A4 sized artwork, Energy, which is a collage made from paintings, drawings and clippings from The Other Echo.’
      • ‘In these works a few loose curlicue shapes and drips in midnight blue are painted on the cream-colored paper collage.’
      • ‘Students hike, sketch from desert wildlife, take photos, make collages and abstract compositions.’
      • ‘I'm especially proud of the cover, a photo collage illustrating important moments in the lives of our members.’
      • ‘One of my walls was covered in a collage of random pictures and photos.’
      • ‘In the President Elect collage, the photograph of Kennedy is in black and white; in the painting it's depicted hi color.’
      • ‘There were sketches and paintings and collages and images of the tsunami disaster.’
      • ‘This exhibition includes videos, photographs, drawings and collages along with the suits worn by the team.’
      • ‘The artist has approached the large open space of the gallery as more than just a venue to display her paintings, collages and other works done in various media.’
      • ‘He has exhibited all over the world with creations that range from collages and sketches to stone rubbings and oil paintings of such richness and depth that the canvas takes one year to dry.’
      • ‘The art work is fascinating, a collage of drawings, odd pictures, and mostly white text on black background.’
      • ‘The morning session was called working with emotions, and enabled youngsters to make collages and drawings from toys or photographs special to them.’
      • ‘Braque created his first collage using only paper in the summer of 1912.’
      • ‘Gabriel Orozco usually installs his photos interspersed with other works - drawings, collages, and sculpture.’
    2. 1.2 A combination or collection of various things.
      ‘a collage of musical genres’
      • ‘The dialectic narrative took the form of a collage, crafted with an uncommon conceptual and cinematographic rigour.’
      • ‘Developing the link between sound and image is critical to Cinematic Orchestra's sound collages.’
      • ‘Similarly, the autumnal, whimsical ‘Drool Collection’ closes out the album with a dense collage of thick guitar and complementing keys.’
      • ‘One consists of assembling a collage of quotations from diaries, letters, and newspapers to examine the soldiers' opinions.’
      • ‘This is, after all, someone who unselfconsciously assembled an article complaining about bad writing from a collage of clichés.’
      • ‘Walcott's Creole drama is an assemblage of fragments, a collage that calls into question the ostensible purity of linguistic and racial roots.’
      • ‘Unlike these other works, however, this work is less an organized musical collection than a sound collage that works at a frenzied pace.’
      • ‘Among Surrealist techniques exploiting the mystique of accident was a kind of collective collage of words or images called the cadavre exquis (exquisite corpse).’
      • ‘Suddenly, hip-hop was a happy and goofy collage of neo-psychedelic colours and a collage of musical genres put together by a trio of Long Island school boys.’
      • ‘The album features a vast array of sonic collages, bringing together disjointed excerpts of conversations and found sounds over a patchwork of musical elements.’
      • ‘Fluid beats and loosely assembled sound collages colour the third album by Holland's Elisabeth Esselink.’
      • ‘Some of Ives' works are like scrap books which give shape to a sort of collective American nostalgia, a sound collage for the vanished ‘good old days’.’
      • ‘For its first UK tour, the company performs Event, a collage devised for each venue and combining repertory dance with elements of a new piece, Views on Stage, which will be premiered in Edinburgh.’
      • ‘It is learnt that the forthcoming releases will have at least one fast number, which would be a collage of words sans any sense.’
      • ‘It's the actual shape of the words printed on the sound portion of the film that creates the soundtrack when run through a projector, while the visuals are a collage of pages from the same magazine combined with hand painting on film.’
      • ‘Performed to a collage of composers ranging from Kurt Weill to Bela Bartok, Sorrow's Sister reveals women bent on survival, even finding a few laughs in the worst of times.’
      • ‘All of these stories combine to form a narrative collage of the author's development as an artist and individual.’
      • ‘The zine was a collection of random findings, blatant appropriation and collages.’
      • ‘For some, ambient and electro-acoustic music is nothing more than a loose collage of bleeps and loops combined with the omnipresence of a fuzzy wave of harmonic noise filling the background.’
      • ‘Rather than developing a complex but coherent mythology that expounds upon specific ideas, Tarantino has simply created a collage of exploitation cinema.’


Early 20th century: from French, literally ‘gluing’.