Woman with Tousled Hair

Chihiro Iwasakica 1946

Chihiro Art Museum

Chihiro Art Museum
Tokyo, Japan

One year after the end of the Second World War, Chihiro, who was 27 years old at the time, returned to Tokyo from Matsumoto City in Nagano Prefecture, where she had been evacuated during the war. In Tokyo, wishing to become a painter, she started studying art. During the day she worked as a newspaper reporter who, in addition to writing articles, could draw pictures, while at night, for three months, she studied at an art school run by the Japanese Communist Party’s department of propaganda. Soon she found herself participating in sketching sessions held in the studio of husband-and-wife artists Iri Maruki and Toshiko Akamatsu (Toshi Maruki) where, along with other young artists-to-be, she practiced drawing the human form. During this period Chihiro was never without paper and pencil, and in the work from this time, one can see that she was trying to find her own sense of line while experimenting with different styles.


  • Title: Woman with Tousled Hair
  • Creator: Chihiro Iwasaki
  • Date: ca 1946
  • 画家名 (日本語): いわさきちひろ
  • 作品説明 (Japanese): 第二次世界大戦が終結した翌年、27歳だったちひろは疎開先の長野県松本市から東京に戻り、画家を志して本格的に絵の勉強を始めます。昼は人民新聞社で絵の描ける記者として働きながら、夜は日本共産党宣伝部が主催する芸術学校で3ヶ月間学びました。丸木位里・赤松俊子(丸木俊)夫妻のアトリエで行われていたデッサン会にも参加するようになり、働きながら絵を志す若者たちとともに、人物デッサンに打ち込みました。いつも紙と鉛筆を持ち歩いていたこの時期のデッサンからは、自分の線を模索して、さまざまな画風を試みていたようすがうかがえます。
  • 作品名 (日本語): 髪が横に張り出した女
  • creator: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: w205 x h331 mm (complete)
  • Type: sketch
  • Rights: Copyright © 2013 Chihiro Iwasaki Memorial Foundation. All rights reserved.

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