Dick Bruna: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Dick Bruna (born Hendrik Magdalenus Bruna, 23 August 1927 – 16 February 2017) was a Dutch author, artist, illustrator and graphic designer.

Bruna was best known for his children’s books which he authored and illustrated, numbering exceeding 200. His most notable commencement was Miffy (Nijntje in the native Dutch), a small bunny drawn afterward heavy graphic lines, simple shapes and primary colours. Bruna plus created stories for characters such as Lottie, Farmer John, and Hettie Hedgehog.

Aside from his prolific catalog of children’s books, Bruna as well as illustrated and expected book covers, posters and promotional materials for his father’s publishing company A.W. Bruna & Zoon. His most popular designs graced the covers of the Zwarte Beertjes [nl] series of books. Well known in the course of his designs are those for Simenon’s Maigret books, typified by graphic silhouettes of a pipe upon various backgrounds.

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