Artist Dick Bruna dies at age 89

Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

Dick Bruna, the Dutch il­lus­tra­tor and artist who cre­ated the best­selling se­ries of chil­dren’s books star­ring white rab­bit Miffy, has died at age 89, his pub­lisher an­nounced Fri­day.

Bruna “passed away peace­fully in his sleep’’ Thurs­day night in the cen­tral Dutch city of Utrecht, said Marja Kerkhof, of his Dutch pub­lisher Mer­cis, in a tele­phone in­ter­view.

The sim­plic­ity of Bruna’s char­ac­ters drew ado­ra­tion not only from chil­dren around the world, but also from adult art lovers. Am­s­ter­dam’s ven­er­a­ble Ri­jksmu­seum put on a show fea­tur­ing his work in 2015.

He wrote and il­lus­trated a to­tal of 124 books, but Miffy was far and away his most pop­u­lar and best known char­ac­ter.

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