Jueves, 13 de septiembre de 2012

Chihiro Iwasaki

Es una artista japonesa (1918-1974) e ilustradora, sus mas famosas obras son acuarelas con niños y flores, donde el tema es "the happiness of children and peace". (La felicidad y la paz de los niños)

Chihiro Iwasaki was born as the first daughter of Masakatsu and Fumie Iwasaki on 15 December 1918, in Takefu (now Echizen-city), Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The following year, her family moved to Tokyo, where they lived until 1945. As a little girl, Chihiro loved to draw pictures. When she was fourteen years old, she began to learn drawing and oil painting under Saburosuke Okada, an artist and professor of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (later Tokyo University of the Arts). In 1936, Iwasaki graduated from high school, and the next year, at the age of eighteen, she began to learn how to draw Japanese calligraphy with inkstick and ink brush.

In 1939, she married a man whom her parents had set up an arrangement with, but their relationship was always very distant. They moved to Dalian, Manchuria, but their marriage soon ended with her husband's suicide, after which Iwasaki returned to Tokyo in 1941. In 1945, the Iwasaki family home in Tokyo was burned down in an air raid on Tokyo, and Iwasaki and her family moved to the home of her grandmother in Matsumoto, Nagano. In 1946, after WWII was over, she joined the Japanese Communist Party, wishing all the wars to stop and all the suffering of children to end.

After moving back to Tokyo, she became a writer and illustrator for the Jimmin Shinbun. She also drew numerous illustration for commercial posters, magazines and school text books as much as she could. In 1949, an editor of Doshinsha, a children's book publishing company, requested her to create Okaasan no Hanashi (The Story of a Mother), a kind of educational Kamishibaiwhich became her first children's work. It was published in 1950, and was awarded the Prize for the Minister of Education, Science and Culture. When this success brought her some money, she made up her mind to be a professional illustrator. In the same year, she remarried to Zenmei Matsumoto, a fellow communist seven years younger than her. She had their only child, a son named Takeshi, in 1951, whom she frequently used as a model for her illustrations of babies and children for children's books and magazines. In 1952, she built a home in Nerima, Tokyo. This house later became The Chihiro Art Museum Tokyoafter she died.

In 1956, Iwasaki authored her first picture book, Hitori de Dekiru yo (I Can Do it All by Myself). That year, she received the Juvenile Culture Award of the Shogakukan Publishing Co. for her illustration works for children's books and magazines. In 1960, her AIUEO no Hon (The Alphabet Book: A-I-U-E-O) won the Sankei Children's Books Award. In 1966, Iwasaki moved to a cottage with studio in the Kurohime Highlands, near Lake Nojiri, Nagano Prefecture. She loved the Kurohime Highlands and spent much time making illustrations for children's books in this cottage every year. In 1971, Kotori no Kuru Hi (The Pretty Bird) won the Graphic Prize Fiera di Bologna. Senka no Naka no Kodomo-tachi (Children in the Flames of War), published in 1973, won the bronze medal of the Leipzig International Book Fair the following year.

In 1974, Iwasaki died of liver cancer at the age of 55. Seven years after her death, in 1981, Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window, written by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, was published with the selected illustrations by Iwasaki. An English edition was published in 1984.


The majority of her illustrations were water-colored pictures. Some of her work contained Japanese calligraphy and some were oil paintings. Her style was largely influenced by two of her favorite artists, Kenji Miyazawa and Hans Christian Andersen. She wrote that she felt something in common with Marie Laurencin when she saw one of her pictures, and said she was also impressed by Käthe Kollwitz.

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