A montage is a pictorial technique in which a number of cut-out illustrations, or fragments of them are arranged together and mounted on a suitable background. The term refers to the picture so created. Only ready-made images are used and they are generally chosen for their mood, immediate appeal, color and texture. But most importantly, images are chosen for their subject matter, which could be: historic, prophetic, didactic, corrective, or instructive. A montage must be distinguished from collage, in which materials of varied kinds can be used, often with an interest in their decorative qualities.