Utrecht

Famous Utrecht residents (1)

more than a year ago

Many tourists come to the Netherlands in order to see the work of internationally known artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer.

Apart from having made unforgettably beautiful work, they have also got something else in common: that they have been dead for a very long time. One of the Netherlands’ biggest artists, however, is still very much alive. Dick Bruna is the creator of Miffy (in Dutch: Nijntje), known from Tokyo to Buenos Aires; from New York to Sydney. Despite the fact that he is a multimillionaire and well past the legal retirement age, this modest Utrecht resident still works every day. From an attic in Utrecht, Dick Bruna (83) works on an ever increasing empire. If you would like to see his work, you can visit the Dick Bruna House in the city centre.

Of his many children’s books, Miffy is his most well-known creation – a white rabbit with human characteristics. The first Miffy-book appeared in 1955 and since then 30 books have appeared about her experiences and they've been translated into over 50 languages. Where her name is ‘Nijntje’ to the Dutch, the past years she has frequently been called Miffy, Miffi or Mifi, and in the past other names have been used in, for example, French (Mouffe, Petit Lapin), German (Nientje, Ninchen), Finnish (Milla), Swedish (Lilla Kanin), Afrikaans (Kleintjie, Katryntjie), Tswana (Kleintjie), Sotho (Monyenyane, Mosetsanyana), Tsonga (Ntsongwana), Siswati (Potjana), Venda (Tshituku), Xhosa (Umifi), Papiamentu (Nènchi), Arabic (Naynti), Japanese (Usako-chan), Chinese (Mi fei), Turkish (Lâle) and Portuguese (Coelhinho). 

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