16 MARCH 1962, Page 16


SIR,—In your issue of March 9 Hugh Graham writes: 'More than any of the older artists represented in this show (Gris, Leger, Picasso, Klee, Miro) his [Jaques Villon's] aims approximate to those of the abstractionists. The same conception of painting as a form of cerebral pattern-making determines the choice of Miro, Klee, Ernst, Tamayo and Dubutlet.'

If the notion of 'painting as a form of cerebral pattern-making' can be used to make any distinction within twentieth-century painting, then, surely, it excludes Dubuffet more certainly than anyone else.

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