• Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Kanda Yogorō (神田与五郎) in the play <i>Ōishizuri sakura tanzaku</i> [大西摺桜花短冊]
  • <i>Mitate chōchingura</i>: <i>A Humorous Reworking, The Treasury of the Loyal Retainers</i> (見立挑灯蔵) - Act 11 (十一段目)
  • <i>The Pride of Edo Seen in a Collection of Courtesans</i> (江戸自慢全盛揃) - Hanaōgi (花扇) on the right, Tsukasa (つかさ)  in the center, Akome (あこめ) on the left - all of the Ōgi house (扇屋内)
  • Posthumous portrait of Arashi Rikan I (嵐璃寛) as Kiso Yoshinaka (木曾義仲) riding an ox as seen in the play <i>Gunpō Fujimi Saigyō</i> (軍法富士見西行)
  • Inauye Daikurō Masatada (稲上大九郎正忠) from the series <i>Heroes of the Great Peace</i> (<i>Taiheiki eiyūden</i> - 太平記英勇傳)
  • Ehon: <i>In Praise of Love in All Four Seasons</i> (<i>Shunka shūtō</i> - 春夏秋冬 - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter: <i>Shiki no nagame</i> - 色の詠) - volume 2 of a 4 volume set
  • Shizuka Gozen (静御前) from the series <i>Biographies of Exceptional Persons of Loyalty and Honor</i> (<i>Chūkō meiyo kinjin den</i> - 忠考名誉奇人傳)
  • Tora-gozen (寅御前) from the series <i>Biographies of Wise Women and Virtuous Wives</i> (<i>Kenjo reppu den</i> 賢女烈婦傳)
  • Early kabuki diptych of Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) on the left and Onoe Kikugorō III (尾上菊五郎) on the right
  • Recumbent Female Nude

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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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