Dick Bruna, Dutch author and illustrator, Died at 89


Dick Bruna was born on August 23, 1927, and died on February 16, 2017.

He was a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

He was best known for his children’s books which he authored and illustrated, numbering over 200.

Bruna’s most notable creation is Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch), a small rabbit drawn with heavy graphic lines, simple shapes and primary colors.

He has also created stories for characters such as Lottie, Farmer John, and Hettie Hedgehog.

Also to his prolific catalog of children’s books, Bruna also illustrated and designed book covers, posters and promotional materials for his father’s publishing company A.W. Bruna and Zoon.

Bruna’s most popular designs graced the covers of the Zwarte Beertjes (nl) series of books.

Other works well known among his designs are those for Simenon’s Maigret books, typified by graphic silhouettes of a pipe on various backgrounds.

He died in his sleep in Utrecht,

Dick Bruna passed away at 89 years old.