One of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve been to and a collaboration between King’s Place and the Rimbaud-Verlaine Foundation.
An erudite and fascinating guide to French cartoons, caricatures and literature by Quentin Blake, with readings of some of the world he’s recently illustrated. At one point he even started illustrating in real time to a fable by LaFontaine.
As well as removing a whole layer of barriers in my head around French poetry, and making me think I must absolutely read Cyrano de Bergerac, I loved the chance to discover some new art. This is Andre Francois, and I think you can see the influence on Blake’s own style.
Francois images from fulltable.com, therepublicofless.blogspot.com and http://www.karikaturmuseum.at