Famous Collage Artists

Take a look at famous collage artists. You might also be surprised to find out how many artists that are known for other art mediums have dabbled in collage. Their work may also inspire you to try new techniques and new ideas in your collage work.

Famous Collage Artists: Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque

Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Picasso, along with Georges Braque (1882-1963) were the two earliest modern collage artists. Experts continue to argue who was the first to collage. Braque and Picasso started creating collages at about the same time and both worked together closely. Both men went on to become cofounders of the cubist movement

Picasso's collages include Still Life with a Chair Caning (1911-1912); Guitar. Sheet Music and Wine Glass; and Man with a Guitar. Fruit Dish and Glass (1912) and Violin and Pipe (1913) are among Braque's collages.

Famous Collage Artists: Max Ernst

One of the founders of the surrealist and the dada movements, Max Ernst (1891-1976) never received any formal training in art. His collages include Le Limacon de Chambre (1920) and The Postman Ceval (1932).


Famous Collage Artists: Man Ray

Better known today for his photography, Man Ray (1890-1976) considered himself a painter. His collages include Involute (1917) and The Revolving Doors (1916-1917), a series of ten collages.

Famous Collage Artists: Hannah Hoch

Hannah Hoch (1889-1978) was a German artist who was the first woman accepted in the Dada Movement. In 1919, Hoch was the first artist to create a photomontage. Among her collages are Hochfinanz (1923), Equilibre (1925) and Made for a Party (1936).

Famous Collage Artists: Romare Bearden

American collage master Romare Bearden (1911-1988) grew up in Harlem after his family left North Carolina in search of more opportunities. Bearden's parents both had college education, as would he. In addition to artwork, Bearden was a composer, a cartoonist, social worker, an author and a civil rights activist. His collages include Pittsburg Memory (1964), Return of the Prodigal Son (1967) and The Calabash (1970).

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