Japanese Painter Mitsumasa Anno Dies

Society

Tokyo, Jan. 16 (Jiji Press)--Prominent Japanese painter Mitsumasa Anno, known for his unique picture books and landscape paintings, died of liver cirrhosis on Dec. 24, it was learned Saturday. He was 94.

Born in Shimane Prefecture, western Japan, the teacher-turned-artist started his career as a painter in 1961.

Anno made his debut as a children's book author with wordless picture book "Fushigi na E" (Mysterious Pictures) in 1968.

His renowned works also include "ABC no Hon" (Anno's Alphabet), featuring alphabets drawn in an illusionary style that is compared to that of Dutch artist M.C. Escher, as well as the "Tabi no Ehon" (Anno's Journey) series, in which he depicted landscapes around the world with soft and delicate touch.

Anno's works attained international recognition, giving him the Hans Christian Andersen Award, which honors authors and illustrators who have made lasting contribution to children's literature, in 1984.

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