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Embraced by the Dadaists, surrealists and even Victorians, the art form has proved itself to be a flexible and effective tool

A scrap-work screen by William Macready and Charles Dickens. Photo: Josie Elias, National Galleries of Scotland.

In 2015, the National Galleries of Scotland acquired Picasso’s Bottle and Glass on a Table (1912). This swiftly executed charcoal drawing includes a rectangle of newsprint cut off at an angle; stencilled on top are the letters OLD /JA/ R, or Old Jamaica Rum. The cut edge of the newspaper is sharp against the softness of the hand-drawn line, while also playing between the imagined three-dimensionality of the scene and the flat paper.…

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