Papiers collés

One group of works in the early history of Cubism merits a section apart: the papiers collés or “pasted papers,” a series of more than 50 pieces that Braque, in a sudden change of tack, produced between 1912 and 1914. He made the first in September 1912 at Sorgues, a town near Avignon where he had spent the summer with Picasso. The papiers collés gave his Cubist style a whole new feel: with the incorporation of prefabricated materials, such as wallpaper and newspaper clippings, color began to flood his work, paving the way for the appearance of Synthetic Cubism