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Cover illustration for Gomuatama Pontaro (Pontaro, the Boy with a Bouncy Head) (Doshinsha Publishing)

Shinta Cho1998 - 1998

Chihiro Art Museum

Chihiro Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

Beginning in 1958, Shinta Cho, who began his career as a cartoonist, created more than 400 picture books over the course of his lifetime and gave birth to a new genre of picture books in Japan called “nonsense picture books.”
Pontaro, the protagonist of Pontaro, the Boy with a Bouncy Head is a boy whose head is made of rubber. Throughout his journey, Pontaro’s head bounces like a ball, against a mountain and the horn on a giant’s head, and is used as a volleyball by trees in a jungle. The far-fetched characters and situations, along with the shambolic plot developments make us wonder what kind of world resides inside the artist’s head. Cho’s picture books transcend common sense and betray readers’ expectations, delighting children while liberating adults who feel bound by common sense. Besides comics and picture books, the artist also made use of his wide talents through the writing of essays and stories for children.

Details

  • Title: Cover illustration for Gomuatama Pontaro (Pontaro, the Boy with a Bouncy Head) (Doshinsha Publishing)
  • Creator: Shinta Cho
  • Date: 1998 - 1998
  • 画家名 (日本語): 長新太
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): 漫画家として出発した長新太は、1958年以後、生涯に400冊を超える絵本を発表し、日本の絵本にナンセンス絵本という新たな世界を切り開いた。 『ゴムあたまポンたろう』の主人公は、頭がゴムでできている男の子だ。ポンたろうはボールが弾むようになりゆきにまかせ、山にぶつかったり、大男のつのにあたったり、ジャングルの木にバレーボールにされたりしながら、旅を続けていく。奇想天外な登場人物や状況設定、無秩序な展開をみると、作者の頭にある世界は一体どうなっているのかと思わずにはいられない。常識を楽々と超越し、人々の予測を見事に裏切る彼の絵本は、子どもたちを喜ばせ、常識に縛られた大人の心を解き放つ。漫画や絵本の他にも、エッセイや童話の執筆など多彩な活動を展開した。
  • 作品名 (日本語): 『ゴムあたまポンたろう』(童心社)表紙
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w364 x h453 mm (complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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