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Mixed Media

The first modern artwork to be considered mixed media is Pablo Picasso's 1912 collage Still Life with Chair Caning, which used paper, cloth, paint and rope causing a pseudo-3D effect. Due to the influence of movements like Cubism and Dada, mixed-media grew in popularity throughout the 20th century with artists like Henri MatisseJoseph CornellJean Dubuffet, and Ellsworth Kelly adopting it. This led to further innovations like installations in the late 20th century. Mixed media continues to be a popular form for artists, with different forms like wet media and markings being explored.

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