• Courtesan seated at a writing desk from the album <i>Spring in the Four Directions</i> (<i>Yomo no haru</i> - 四方の巴流)
  • Woman Holding a Child Before a Daruma Kite - center panel of a triptych of <i>The Five Festivals - Mutsuki</i> (五節句之内睦月)
  • 加美鳴 - an actor as the God of Thunder and Lightning (Raijin or Raiden)
  • Nakamura Utaemon VI (中村歌右衛門) as the courtesan Yatsuhashi (八ツ橋), number 2 from the series <i>Flowers of Contemporary Theatre</i> (現代舞台芸花)
  • Arashi Kitsusaburō II (嵐橘三郎) as Ukisu no Jinzō and Arashi Koroku IV (嵐小六) as the maiden Oran
  • The Style of a Geisha: San'en (<i>San'en geisha fū</i>) from the series <i>Famous Places of Edo</i> (<i>Edo meishō</i> - 江戸名所)
  • Konkōryū Rishun (混江龍李俊 - Ch. Li Jun) from the series <i>One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Shuihuzhuan All Told</i> (<i>Tsūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyakuhachinin no hitori</i> - 通俗水滸傳濠傑百八人一個)
  • <i>Seirō niwaka zensei asobi</i>: <i>Ni no kawari</i> (青楼仁和嘉全盛遊: 二ノ替り - 'Popular Entertainment at the Niwaka Festival, Yoshiwara: Second Transformation')
  • View of Yokkaichi (<i>Yokkaichi no zu</i>: 四日市之図) from the chuban series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (<i>Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi</i>: 東海道五十三次之内)
  • Seated monkey studying a dragonfly in his hand

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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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