• Kataoka Ichizō I (片岡市蔵) as Tetsugatake (鉄ヶだけ) in the play <i>Sekitori sen ryō nobori</i> (関取千両幟)
  • Mother and child: Kinryūzan (金竜山) from the series <i>Eight Views of Edo</i> (<i>Edo hakkei no uchi</i> - 江戸八景ノ内)
  • <i>A Picture of Masakiyo Conquering Korea</i> - (<i>Masakiyo sankan taiji</i> [<i>no</i>] <i>zu</i> - 正清三韓退治圖)
  • Hanaōgi (花扇) of the Ōgiya house (扇屋内) with <i>kamuro Yoshino</i> (よしの) and Tatsuta from the series <i>Comparison of Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters</i> (<i>Seirō bijin awase</i> - 青楼美人合)
  • Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) as Watōnai (和藤内) and Arashi Koroku IV (あらし小六) as Komutsu (女房小むつ)
  • Modern <i>kabuki</i> playbill
  • Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as Kagekiyo (景清) - this is the right-hand panel of a diptych - scene from the play <i>Keisei Hangonkō</i> [けいせい反魂香]
  • <i>The Five Chivalrous Commoners in Summer Kimono</i> (<i>Gonin otoko soroi no yukata</i> - 五人男揃浴衣) - four of these panels shown here
  • Ōtomo no Kuronushi (大伴黒主) from the series 'Modern Children as the Six Poetic Immortals' - <i>Tōsei kodomo rokkasen</i> (当世子供六歌仙)
  • Taira Kiyomori haunted by strange sights (<i>Taira no Kiyomori kai-i o miru zu</i> - 平清盛怪異を見る図)

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Ukiyo-e Prints in the Mike Lyon Collection

Mike Lyon (artist b. 1951) was fortunate to have grown up familiar with Japanese prints. In his youth Lyon’s parents and grandparents displayed examples that certainly inspired his own artistic development. He began acquiring Japanese color woodcuts early in his career as an artist. The types of prints that feature most prominently among the many hundreds in Lyon's collection reflect the artist’s deep appreciation of the human figure and the expressive facial portrait. The vast majority of Japanese prints in the Lyon collection represent views of actors yakusha-e) and beautiful women (bijin-ga), and in particular the close-up, bust-length portraits of the same (okubi-e).

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