Definition of papier collé in English:

papier collé

Line breaks: pa¦pier collé
Pronunciation: /ˌpapɪeɪ ˈkɒleɪ

noun (plural papiers collés pronunc. same)

[mass noun]
  • 1The technique of using paper for collage.
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    • 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.
    • Gris too made extensive use of papier collé, and Matisse's use of cut-out paper shapes in his late work is a development of the technique.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A collage made from paper.
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    • As defined by the Cubists, the papier collé had limited the artist's role to arranging elements; Arp went even further and eliminated the traditional "artistic" notion of arranging forms in relation to each other.
    • In Braque's and Picasso's very first papiers collés, shading stops being pointillist and suddenly becomes broad and incisive again.


French, literally 'glued paper'.

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