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||a type of visual art work in which diverse and often seemingly incongruous materials, such as photographs, buttons, hair, and the like, are pasted upon a surface, often with added marks or writing.
is a French word that means "gluing." When French artists such as Picasso began making the first "collages" around 1912, the word entered English as a name for this type of artwork.