a technique of composing a work of art by pasting on a single surface various materials not normally associated with one another, as newspaper clippings, parts of photographs, theater tickets, and fragments of an envelope.
a work of art produced by this technique.: Compare assemblage (def. 3).
an assemblage or occurrence of diverse elements or fragments in unlikely or unexpected juxtaposition: The experimental play is a collage of sudden scene shifts, long monologues, musical interludes, and slapstick.
a film that presents a series of seemingly unrelated scenes or images or shifts from one scene or image to another suddenly and without transition.
to make a collage of: The artist has collaged old photos, cartoon figures, and telephone numbers into a unique work of art.
- col·lag·ist, noun
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How to use collage in a sentence
Galeria is a collage of quotations: columns, chrome black tables, panels with English paisley fabric.
An Afghan instructor explained the concept of collage in Dari.How I’ll End the War: Making Collage Art With Afghan Students | Nick Willard | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“This is my collage about a farm,” he said pointing out a rake, plant, and chicken.How I’ll End the War: Making Collage Art With Afghan Students | Nick Willard | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is a photocopy collage of the mirrored image divided by bright colors to the right and a more muted palette to the left.
I think the century of the self has provided us with this: the mechanization of celebrity, the artist as a public collage.Interview: T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’ Music Guru | Andrew Romano | December 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The 143 collage system is also very prevalent in France among the working classes, and seems to answer well enough.Modern marriage and how to bear it | Maud Churton Braby
The method of collage employed at the Abbey of Hautvillers is said to have preserved the wines from this evil.A History of Champagne | Henry Vizetelly
In the whiche Universite is no collage founded by eny quene of England hidertoward.Cambridge and its Story | Charles William Stubbs
During the last few years, the collage has not raised enough of these trees to meet the demand.
Margaret had however called it the quenes collage of sainte Margarete and S. Bernard.Cambridge | Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker
British Dictionary definitions for collage
an art form in which compositions are made out of pieces of paper, cloth, photographs, and other miscellaneous objects, juxtaposed and pasted on a dry ground
a composition made in this way
any work, such as a piece of music, created by combining unrelated styles
- collagist, noun
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