There’s no more tragic figure in the collage world than that of Karel Teige. After doing some research for the old masters of the collage medium, it’s my opinion that only Teige was ahead of his time. Most of the other surrealist or dada collage works have aged pretty badly (I can’t stand the visuals of Ernst’s work in this day and age, for example), but Teige’s works look like they were released just yesterday on TumblR.
And there’s a good reason for that. Other collage artists of his time had to practically scrap badly-shot pictures, or drawings from newspapers to find enough material for their collages. Back then, printing and pictures were expensive. But Teige actually shot the pictures he wanted to use for his collages himself. This coherent vision gave him a clear advantage, and high quality material to work on.