Hirst’s debt to Degas

Dear W Berry of Ilfracombe (“Mr Hirst’s vision”, Opinion, March 20), your letter exemplifies the backward-looking reactionary view of an archetypal philistine.

I’m interested in art and you’re not, Mr Berry. What does “enough is enough” mean?

I have read with increasing incredulity the objections to this sculpture based on revulsion of the pregnant female form.

I got off the bus, had to ask where I might find the AWFUL THING THEY CALL ‘VERITY’ because you have to look for it!

And there it is, in profile, nicked from Degas’s ballerina: half pretty/half scientific.

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Good in the mid-morning sunlight. We live in the wilderness. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, folks!

Helen Rimmer

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