Painting: Action from the Gluepot

The original idea for both Picasso's cutouts and collages (a combination of pasting and painting on canvas) probably came from his childhood years when he watched his painter father, a professor of fine arts in Barcelona, correct his own oils by cutting out canvas pieces and gluing them on, rather than rubbing out the detail or beginning all over again. In the hands of Picasso and Georges Braque, collage became a favorite technique during the early years when they were inventing cubism together. For Boston-born Conrad Marca-Relli collage was a last resort....

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