Letter: Abstract point

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The Independent Online
I WAS wrongly quoted in my recollection of Picasso, which appeared in your Review ('Brushes with genius', 6 February). Picasso did obviously not say that sculpture gave him 'a pain in the arse'. The exhibition of his sculptures at the Tate will prove the contrary.

No. The big guy who curled his lip at my high-relief work, saying it wasn't sculpture, was himself a sculptor of big abstract forms. Picasso's retort was that sculpture-sculpture gave him a pain in the arse, meaning that form for form's sake didn't interest him.

Raymond Mason