From the Ukrainian folktale Mitten

Evgeniĭ Rachëv1950 - 1950

Chihiro Art Museum

Chihiro Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

Evgenii Rachev, having spent his early childhood Siberia’s wild hunting ground, was familiar with the region’s wild animals. From the late 1930s he energetically took part in creating picture books and, after World War II, continued to illustrate many stories, mainly folktales or fables featuring animal characters.
Mitten is a folktale that has been passed down in the Ukraine. In the story, an old man drops his mitten and, inside it, a mouse, a fox, and even a bear, start settling in together. Rachev displays his masterly visualizing skills in presenting this tale. His artwork is characterized by distinctive animal characters that wear national costumes. Mitten has been translated into multiple languages and published in many countries, including Japan, where it has been a favorite book among children since its first publication in 1965.


  • Title: From the Ukrainian folktale Mitten
  • Creator: Evgenii Rachev
  • Date: 1950 - 1950
  • 画家名 (日本語): エフゲーニー・ラチョフ
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): エフゲーニー・ラチョフは幼少期をシベリアの狩猟地で過ごし、野生の動物に親しんだ。1930年代後半から精力的に絵本制作に取り組むようになり、第二次世界大戦後も動物たちが活躍する民話や寓話を中心に、数多くの作品を描いた。 『てぶくろ』は、ウクライナ地方に伝わる民話。おじいさんが落としたてぶくろに、ねずみやきつね……ついには熊までが入ってきて住みつくようすを、ラチョフは見事に視覚化している。民族衣装を着た個性豊かな動物の姿は、彼の作品の特徴である。『てぶくろ』は、いくつもの国で翻訳され、日本でも1965年に出版されて以来、今も子どもたちに愛され続けている。
  • 作品名 (日本語): ウクライナ民話 『てぶくろ』より
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w603 x h388 mm (complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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