Although the face of the mother is not visible in the illustration, from the back of her head alone we can see the everlasting love, the strong commitment to protect her child. The expression of the child, at peace in its mother’s arms, is also noteworthy for its complete innocence. “Parents just cannot help but touch their children,” Chihiro once said. “I touched my own child when bringing him up. And their grip; that strength gives me such joy. You cannot capture such movements by simply sketching them from observation.”


  • Title: Mother's Day
  • Creator: Chihiro Iwasaki
  • Date: 1972 - 1972
  • 画家名 (日本語): いわさきちひろ
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): 母親の表情は描かれていませんが、その後ろ姿から限りない愛情と、子どもを守ろうとする強さが伝わってくる作品です。母親の胸に抱かれて安心する子どものあどけない表情が際立っています。「親はどうしてもさわらずにはいられないものじゃないかしら。私はさわって育てた。小さい子どもがきゅっとさわるでしょ。あの握力の強さはとてもうれしいですね。…そういう動きは、ただ観察してスケッチだけしていても描けない。」と、ちひろは語っています。
  • 作品名 (日本語): 「母の日」
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w380 x h357 mm (complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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