Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Piano, 1911
COLLAGE had been an important turning part of the evolution of Cubism, and as a consequence an important turning part of your whole evolution of modernist art in this century. Whom invented collage-Braque or Picasso-and when remains perhaps not settled. Both musicians left a lot of the work they did between I907 and 1914 undated also unsigned; and every statements, or indicates the claim, that their ended up being the first collage of most. That Picasso dates their, in retrospect, virtually a year sooner than Braque's com-pounds the problem. Nor does the inner or stylistic research assist adequate, considering the fact that the explanation of Cubism remains on a rudimentary degree.
Issue of concern is a lot less essential, however, than that of the motives which initially induced either musician to paste or glue a piece of extraneous product toward area of an image. Relating to this, neither Braque nor Picasso has made him-self anyway clear. The authors that have tried to explain their objectives for them talk, with a unanimity which suspect by itself, of this need for renewed experience of "reality" in face associated with growing abstractness of Analytical Cubism. Nevertheless term "reality, " constantly uncertain when found in connection with art, never been used more ambiguously than here. A bit of imitation-woodgrain wallpaper is certainly not much more "real" under any definition, or nearer to nature, than a painted simulation from it; nor is wallpaper, oilcloth, newsprint or wood more "real, " or closer to nature, than paint on canvas. Plus if these materials had been even more "real, " the question would nevertheless be begged, for "reality" would still explain alongside nothing towards actual look associated with the Cubist collage.