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Fando and Lis

Eric Fraser (1902-1983)



Ink with bodycolour

4 ¾ x 5 ¾ inches

The Artist's Estate by descent

Radio Times, 24 October 1963, for broadcast on the Third Programme on Thursday 31 October 1963 at 9.25pm

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration 1870-2021', Chris Beetles Gallery, November 2021-January 2022, No 167

Fando and Lis is a translation by Barbara Wright of a 1958 one-act play written in French by Fernando Arrabal (born 1932), the Spanish writer and filmmaker, who is sometimes considered as the last living Modernist. It concerns a pair of infantile lovers who are on a journey towards the enigmatic and unreachable land of Tar. Fando eventually responds to the complaints of the paralytic Lis, whom he has been transporting in a pram, by beating her to death. Eric Fraser’s illustration shows not only them but also the other characters, three men who share one umbrella. Barbara Wright’s translation was first broadcast on the BBC Third Programme on 31 October 1963.

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