Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl and Bird in Grass, 1971
Chihiro: Looking at Life
Chihiro Iwasaki was an artist who, throughout her life, never tired of creating illustrations of children. When she started working on children’s books, Japan was in the midst of high economic growth and the environment children found themselves in was changing rapidly. As people sought material abundance and a growing number of Japanese households shifted from three generations to two generations living together, she focused her attention on lively children in everyday life to convey their preciousness through her work. Chihiro’s wish for “peace and happiness for all the children of the world” sounds as earnest today as when she first expressed this aspiration. In this exhibit we revisit the happiness and peace for children that Chihiro wished for.