Art: It's Art, but Do You Like It?

Worms turn; Britons never will be slaves; a London housewife last week spoke her revolted mind on the subject of modern art.

In the stillness of the Victoria and Albert Museum, in a crowd peering at the works of Matisse and Picasso, she clapped sharply for attention, gathered a little crowd about her, and began a speech. These paintings, she said, were: 1) "the product of diseased minds"; 2) "garbage masquerading as art"; 3) a racket imposed on the public. From her hearers, reported PM, came a warm spatter of applause.

Her outburst touched off a barrage of letters to the London...