Letter: Modern vulgarity

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Sir: George Melly's put down of Picasso's ceramics as "vulgar and silly" ("Carry on up the Cote d'Azur", 4 December) would seem to strengthen the writer John Carey's view that Modernism as a movement was a self-conscious attempt to distance art from the newly literate hoi polloi that began to develop in the nineteenth century.

However, as a member of that hoi polloi (who has enjoyed George's act over the years) I have to question whether someone whose musical output includes Shave 'em Dry and My Canary has Circles under his Eyes is in any position to condemn Picasso.


Yoxford, Suffolk