Collage vs. Painting

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Main Difference

The main difference between Collage and Painting is that the Collage is a technique of art production using assemblage of different forms and Painting is a practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface.

  • Collage (noun)

    A picture made by sticking other pictures onto a surface.

  • Collage (noun)

    A composite object or collection (abstract or concrete) created by the assemblage of various media; especially for a work of art such as text, film, etc..

  • Collage (noun)

    The technique of producing a work of art of this kind.

  • Collage (verb)

    To make into a collage.

  • Painting (verb)

    present participle of paint

  • Painting (noun)

    An illustration or artwork done with the use of paint.

    "The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings."

  • Painting (noun)

    The action of applying paint to a surface.

    "The outside of the old house would benefit from some painting."

  • Painting (noun)

    The same activity as an art form.

    "Some artists, like Michelangelo, excel in both painting and sculpture."

Oxford Dictionary
  • Collage (noun)

    any picture made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs, especially in unusual or surprising ways.

  • Collage (noun)

    the technique of producing a work of art that is a collage{1}.

  • Collage (noun)

    any composite object, whether abstract or concrete, created by assembling components of varied types.

  • Collage (noun)

    a film having scenes of different types or from different locations displayed in rapid succession without transitions.

  • Painting (noun)

    The act or employment of laying on, or adorning with, paints or colors.

  • Painting (noun)

    The work of the painter; also, any work of art in which objects are represented in color on a flat surface; a colored representation of any object or scene; a picture.

  • Painting (noun)

    Color laid on; paint.

  • Painting (noun)

    A depicting by words; vivid representation in words.

Webster Dictionary
  • Collage (noun)

    a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image;

    "he used his computer to make a collage of pictures superimposed on a map"

  • Collage (noun)

    any collection of diverse things;

    "a collage of memories"

  • Painting (noun)

    graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface;

    "a small painting by Picasso"

    "he bought the painting as an investment"

    "his pictures hang in the Louvre"

  • Painting (noun)

    creating a picture with paints;

    "he studied painting and sculpture for many years"

  • Painting (noun)

    the act of applying paint to a surface;

    "you can finish the job of painting faster with a roller than with a brush"

  • Painting (noun)

    the occupation of a house painter;

    "house painting was the only craft he knew"

Princeton's WordNet

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