Japanese artist Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) was born 100 years ago.
Her paintings mostly appear in children’s books. She leaves nearly 10,000 pieces of works behind her.
National Museum of History selects 100 original paintings, as well as her favorite tools, from Chihiro Art Museum collection, and exhibits in six sections. This is the first major Chihiro Iwasaki exhibition overseas.

Children in Iwasaki’s illustrations are often surrounded by flowers and seasonal scenarios. Her paintings are colorful, and she uses water and ink skillfully to demonstrate various shades.
It may attribute to her calligraphy experiences, which were popular in Japan and China in her youth. Even without models, people say, Iwasaki can describe all kinds of poses and gestures of children.
This skill is developed after countless sketches and practices.
Features like round eyes and loosely closed lips in these figures are not only adorable, but also representative of power and dignity.

Chihiro Iwasaki has passed away for over 40 years.
The world has come a long way. Many impossible ideas become possible due to technology advances.
“Economy continues to grow,” she once said, “but our minds gradually lose essence and pace. Young people mostly do not pay attention to it, but I’ve noticed this change from early one.
I hope everyone can think about essence and pace.” We hope every visitor, young or old, will be able to enjoy her world and works in this exhibition, and move towards a peaceful and beautiful future.

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