Famous Illustrators from the Netherlands

List of notable or famous illustrators from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top illustrators born in the Netherlands and even some popular illustrators who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch illustrators then this list is the perfect resource for you. These illustrators are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known illustrator from the Netherlands is included when available.

This list below has a variety of people in it, from Gerard David to Magda van Tilburg.

This historic illustrators from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch illustrators of note?" and "Who are the most famous illustrators from the Netherlands?" These prominent illustrators of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch illustrators.

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  • Catharina Valckx is a writer and illustrator.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, European Netherlands, Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands, De Bilt
  • Charlotte Dematons is an illustrator.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Évreux, France
  • Dick 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 over 200. His most notable creation was Miffy (Nijntje in the original Dutch), a small rabbit drawn with heavy graphic lines, simple shapes and primary colors. Bruna also created stories for characters such as Lottie, Farmer John, and Hettie Hedgehog. Aside from 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 & Zoon. His most popular designs graced the covers of the Zwarte ...more
    • Age: 95
    • Birthplace: Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Gerard David
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    Gerard David (c. 1460 – 13 August 1523) was an Early Netherlandish painter and manuscript illuminator known for his brilliant use of color. Only a bare outline of his life survives, although some facts are known. He may have been the Meester gheraet van brugghe who became a master of the Antwerp guild in 1515. He was very successful in his lifetime and probably ran two workshops, in Antwerp and Bruges. Like many painters of his period, his reputation diminished in the 17th century until he was rediscovered in the 19th century.
    • Age: Dec. at 63 (1460-1523)
    • Birthplace: Oudewater, Netherlands
  • Harrie Geelen
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    Harrie Geelen (born 10 January 1939 in Heerlen) is a Dutch illustrator, film director, animator, translator, writer and poet. In 2014, he was made a knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion ("Ridder in de orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw"). He studied Dutch in Amsterdam, where he met his wife Imme Dros, like himself a writer of Dutch children's literature. Geelen wrote several well known television children's programs and translated Disney movies into Dutch. He illustrated his own books and those of his wife Imme Dros, some books by Annie M. G. Schmidt and a book by Toon Tellegen. He published the novel "Het Nijlpaard Ellende" and short stories like "Ooms en Tantes, Tantes en Ooms". For the ...more
    • Age: 84
    • Birthplace: Heerlen, Netherlands
  • Joke van Leeuwen
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    Joke van Leeuwen is a writer and illustrator.
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands