Letter: In brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: A conversation between Andrew Graham-Dixon and the artist Howard Hodgkin, "Revealing neurosis of art at the edge" (Review, 5 April), discusses the relationship and boundary between the painting and the reality that surrounds it.

Can anyone tell me why the frame around a painting is usually either square or rectangular and occasionally oval or round. The subject of the painting may be natural and the room in which it hangs is unnatural. Surely the frame ought to reflect the change from the one to the other.

Why don't artists experiment with fluid shaped frames?

DR NICK MAURICE

Marlborough, Wiltshire

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