André François

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André François
André François (1967).jpg
André François (1967)
BornAndré Farkas
(1915-11-09)9 November 1915
Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (now Timişoara, Romania)
Died11 April 2005(2005-04-11) (aged 89)
Grisy-les-Plâtres, Val-d'Oise

André François (9 November 1915 – 11 April 2005), born André Farkas, was a Hungarian-born French cartoonist.


He was born to an Hungarian family in Temesvár, Austria-Hungary (now Timişoara, Romania), He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest (1932–33). He moved to Paris in 1934 and entered to the atelier of the famous poster artist Adolphe Cassandre (1935–36). He became a French citizen in 1939.

He worked as a painter, sculptor and graphic designer, but is best remembered for his cartoons, whose subtle humor and wide influence bear comparison to those of Saul Steinberg. François initially worked for French leftist newspapers (Le Nouvel Observateur) and illustrated books by authors such as Jacques Prévert, but gradually reached a larger audience, publishing in leading magazines of the United Kingdom (Punch) and the United States (The New Yorker). He also did a masterpiece cover illustration of the 1965 UK Penguin paperback edition of Lord of the Flies. He became a close friend and collaborator of Ronald Searle. He was member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.

He died in his home in Grisy-les-Plâtres, in the Val-d'Oise département.


  • Les Larmes de Crocodile = Crocodile Tears.
  • Neuf No. 9. Paris: Maison de la Médecine, 1953. OCLC 864302499.
  • Paris: Delpire, 1955. OCLC 459725216.
  • Crocodile Tears. London: Faber and Faber, 1955. ISBN 9780571090280. Translated by E.M. Hatt.
  • Double Bedside Book


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  • Anne-Claude Lelieur et Raymond Bachollet, André François, Bibliothèque Forney, 2003, ISBN 2-84331-116-0

Shahn, Ben, "The Gallic Laughter of Andre Francois," Horizon, May 1959, Volume I, Number 5, pp 108–121, (American Horizon, Inc., a subsidiary of American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc.)

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