Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963)
Cut and pasted papers (newsprint, block-printed or stenciled decorative paper, and faux bois), with charcoal and graphite, Unframed - h:71.80 w:51.80 cm (h:28 1/4 w:20 3/8 inches). Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1968.196
In September 1912, while vacationing at Sorgues near Avignon, France, Braque invented the technique of papier collé ("pasted papers") using wallpaper purchased at a local decorator's shop.
He was apparently unaware that Picasso, his collaborator in the invention of Cubism, had independently invented the new medium of collage (an assemblage of disparate objects) in May. The twin inventions of papier collé and collage by Braque and Picasso were seminal developments
in 20th-century art.