Boy Washing His Face

Chihiro Iwasaki1956 - 1956

Chihiro Art Museum

Chihiro Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

A boy brushing his teeth, washing his face, and wiping his face with a towel: this one illustration combines three different actions being performed by the child. This is one scene from I Can Do It By Myself, a picture book that highlights the everyday life of a small boy who has begun learning how to do his things on his own. Initially issued as the 12th volume of a monthly picture-book publication launched in 1956 called Kodomo no Tomo, the work was later published in March of 1957, marking Chihiro’s first picture book. Over the main character, Chihiro overlaid the image of her son, who was attending kindergarten at the time, and carefully depicted each of his many adorable gestures.


  • Title: Boy Washing His Face
  • Creator: Chihiro Iwasaki
  • Date: 1956 - 1956
  • 画家名 (日本語): いわさきちひろ
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): 歯を磨き、顔を洗い、タオルでふく。男の子の三つの動きが、ひとつの画面に描かれています。自分の身の回りのことができるようになった幼い子どもの生活をテーマにした絵本『ひとりでできるよ』の一場面です。この絵本は、1956年に創刊された月刊絵本「こどものとも」(福音館書店)の12号として、1957年3月に出版され、ちひろの最初の絵本となりました。主人公の男の子に、当時幼稚園に通っていた息子の姿を重ねながら、愛らしい仕草のひとつひとつを丁寧に描き出しています。
  • 作品名 (日本語): 「顔を洗う男の子」 『ひとりでできるよ』(福音館書店)より
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w480 x h355 mm (complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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