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Miffy illustrator Dick Bruna (89) died

Miffy illustrator Dick Bruna (89) died

Illustrator Dick Bruna is Thursday night died. He was known as the spiritual father of Miffy. Bruna is 89 years old.

That has his publishing company Friday announced. Bruna died in his sleep. The artist appeared for a few years, not more in public.

The Utrechter became world-famous with its relatively simple, very recognizable drawings. Bruna wrote and illustrated a whopping 124 picture books and designed additionally many posters and covers for the pocketbooks of Black Bears.

Also international makes Bruna since the sixties, it created a sensation with his work. Especially in Japan enjoy Bruna’s work great rating, because his style fits perfectly with the prevailing preference for minimalism.

The books of Dick Bruna in more than fifty languages. In total there were more than 85 million copies sold.

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Bruna was born on 23 August 1927. In 1955, made Dick Bruna’s first book about Miffy. In the more than sixty years which followed, wrote Bruna many children’s books about Miffy and the other figures such as george rip, Boris and Barbara Bear and Betje Big.

Also designed Bruna for various charities such as Unicef, World Aids Day, Terres des Hommes, World Peace is Possible and The Red Cross.

Dick Bruna (89) died

Illustrator Dick Bruna is Friday at the age of 89 died.
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Bruna wrote and illustrated a whopping 124 picture books, but was best known as the creator of Miffy.
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Dick Bruna with his D. A. Thieme prize in 1990. Bruna was for his exceptional performance in the Dutch book trade.
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The Centraal Museum in Utrecht on 5 October 2000 an exhibition of the work of Dick Bruna opened.
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Dick Bruna in 2011, during the five-year anniversary of the Dick Bruna house in Utrecht.
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Plenipotentiary minister of Curaçao, Marvelyne Wiels during the presentation of Miffy na laman na Papiamentu. Miffy is in different languages.
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The popularity of Miffy surpassed the books. So, the rabbit also played the leading role in musicals and television series. In January 2013 appeared Miffy: The Movie in the cinemas. Also about the border is Nijntje, or Miffy as she is abroad called, very popular.

In 2016, he received the Max ^ every year-prize for his entire oeuvre. Bruna leaves his wife, three children and six grandchildren.

Prime minister Mark Rutte praised Bruna Friday during his press conference as a “great man and a great artist”.

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