Girl Resting Her Chin on Her Hand

Chihiro Iwasaki1970 - 1970

Chihiro Art Museum

Chihiro Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

Chihiro’s pastel drawings were made only during the year of 1970. Pastel is a medium consisting of rough pigment powder formed into a bar using a small amount of Arabic gum or other adhesive substance, and Chihiro used pastels not to fill in color but rather to draw lines. For Chihiro, who at the time disliked having her pictures appear compactly constructed, pastel was not well suited for creating details. As such, she used the medium only to form shapes and figures, forgoing any focus on providing fine details. In this portrait of a girl, drawn without any initial sketching, the pastel lines have been kept to a minimum and descriptive details almost entirely omitted. Even the outlines of the girl’s head and face have been omitted, yet the viewer is able to discern these shapes from the positioning of her eyes and hands.


  • Title: Girl Resting Her Chin on Her Hand
  • Creator: Chihiro Iwasaki
  • Date: 1970 - 1970
  • 画家名 (日本語): いわさきちひろ
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): ちひろのパステル画は、1970年だけに集中的に描かれています。粒子の粗い顔料の粉末を、アラビアゴムなどのわずかな粘着材で棒状に固めたパステルを、ちひろは色面ではなく、線描に用いました。絵が小さくまとまることを嫌っていた当時のちひろにとって、細かい描写に適さないパステルは、細部へのこだわりを捨てるうえで、格好の画材となりました。 この少女像は、説明的な描写をできるだけ省き、最小限のパステルの線だけで下書きもせずに描かれています。頭や顔の輪郭線さえ省略されていますが、目や手の位置から形を感じることができます。
  • 作品名 (日本語): 「あごに手をおく少女」
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w285 x h360 mm (complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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