Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl with Sweet Peas and Freesias, 1963

Chihiro Iwasaki, Girl with Sweet Peas and Freesias, 1963

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Chihiro Iwasaki: Children’s Happiness-A 12-Year History

Over the 12 years from 1963 until her death in 1974, Chihiro Iwasaki created cover illustrations for the magazine Kodomo no Shiawase (Children’s Happiness). The job enabled her to explore various artistic avenues and, as a result, her creativity blossomed, leading to the birth of many masterpieces. Over the course of these 12 years, we can see how Chihiro’s illustrations evolved. In this exhibit we trace this progress from its start in 1963 to Chihiro’s final work, “Baby,” through originals, piezograph artwork,* and other materials, including valuable magazines from the period.

* Piezography is a modern print technology used by the Chihiro Art Museum to digitally archive and create high-quality reproductions, called piezographic artwork, as a means of preserving the colors and textures of Chihiro’s artwork in its current state. Enabling highly detailed image representation using light-fast micro ink-dots, the technology greatly enhances the reproducibility of subtle watercolor paintings while also making possible the viewing of works under bright lighting.