The Little Mermaid Thinking of the Prince

Chihiro Iwasaki1967 - 1967

Chihiro Art Museum

Chihiro Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

Whether for picture-story shows, story collections or picture books, Chihiro made illustrations for Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales almost every year. Attracted by their never-fading charm, Chihiro is said to have learned a great deal from the beauty, the sadness, the dreams and the reality of the world portrayed in Andersen’s stories. One of the tales that Chihiro frequently created illustrations for was The Little Mermaid, the story of a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince and, in the end, dissolves into the foam of the sea. These illustrations, featuring characters and foreign landscapes and brimming with imagination, represent another facet of Chihiro’s work, distinct from her illustrations depicting children.


  • Title: The Little Mermaid Thinking of the Prince
  • Creator: Chihiro Iwasaki
  • Date: 1967 - 1967
  • 画家名 (日本語): いわさきちひろ
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): ちひろは紙芝居や童話集、絵本などに毎年のようにアンデルセン童話を描いていました。アンデルセンの描き出す世界の美しさ、悲しさ、夢、真実——時を経ても色あせることのないその魅力にちひろは惹かれ、そこから多くを学んだといいます。なかでも、王子を一途に恋い慕い、終には海の泡となる人魚姫の物語は、ちひろが繰り返し描いた童話のひとつです。想像力をふくらませ、登場人物や異国の情景に工夫を凝らして描いた童話の絵は、子どもを描いた絵とはまた異なる、ちひろの画業の一端を形作っています。
  • 作品名 (日本語): 「王子を想う人魚姫」 『にんぎょひめ』(偕成社)より
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w483 x h358 mm (complete)
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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