André François  

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

He was born to a Hungarian Jewish 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 became a close friend and collaborator of Ronald Searle. He was member of Alliance Graphique International.

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

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