• The courtesan Kasugano of the Sasaya (笹屋春日野) after a bath from the series <i>Contest of Beauties of the Pleasure Quarters</i> (<i>Kakuchū bijin kurabe</i> - 郭中美人競)
  • Asahina [朝比奈] trying to separate rice cakes at New Year's
  • Abstract print of lemon with two vases
  • <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
  • Nakamura Utaemon III in the roles of Ariwara no Narihira and Bunya no Yasuhide [文屋康秀]
  • Arash Rikan II (嵐璃寛) as the <i>yakko</i> Tsumahei (奴妻平) in <i>Shin Usuyuki Monogatari</i> [新うすゆき物語]
  • Rouge (<i>beni</i> - 紅)
  • Ichimura Uzaemon XIII (left) and Kawarzaki Gonjūrō I (right) as Tekomai Masukichi (手古舞升吉) from the play <i>Jitsugetsusei chūya no oriwake</i> (日月星昼夜織分 - <i>The Weaving Together of the Sun, Moon, and Stars at Day and at Night</i>)
  • Wife of Kawase (Kawase sore no tsuma - 河瀬某の妻), No. 18 (第十八) from the Yamato Newspaper series <i>Biographies of People Today</i> (<i>Kinsei Jimbutsu Shi</i> - 近世人物誌)
  • Ichikawa Danzō VI (市川団蔵) as Jūjō Shakuhachirō (十條尺八郎) from the series <i>The Book of the Eight Dog Heroes</i> (<i>Hakkenden inu no sōshi no uchi</i> - 八犬傳犬のさうし乃内) 

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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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