• Left-hand panel of a diptych illustrating the <i>Taikōki</i>
  • Sasai Kyūzō Masayasu (笹井久藏尚保) at the Battle of the Anegawa in 1570 from <i>Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki</i> (<i>Taiheiki eiyū den</i> - 太平記英勇傳)
  • Six prominent kabuki actors on a winter outing
  • Book (<i>ehon</i>) cover from the <i>Hokusetsu bidan jidai kagami</i> ('Uplifting Tale of Northern Snows' Mirror of the Ages - 北雪美談時代加々見)
  • Courtesan with umbrella in snow - middle panel of a <i>mitate</i> triptych - title: <i>Gentoku fūsetsu ni Kōmei o tazureru</i> - 玄徳風雪訪孔明を訪れる 見立 - a parody of Gentoku visiting Kōmei in the snow
  • Nakamura Utaemon IV [四代中村歌右衛門] as Daruma portrayed on a hanging scroll - <i>Ni Daruma no ichijiku</i> (似達磨の一軸)
  • Ichikawa Ebijūrō II (市川鰕十郎) as Horiguchi Manemon (堀口万右衛門) - the right panel of a triptych from the play <i>Sao no uta Kizugawa hakkei </i>(<i>Song of the boat pole</i>: <i>Eight views of the Kizu River</i> - 棹歌木津川八景)
  • Volume 1 of <i>A Record of the Benevolent Government at Ōgawa</i> (<i>Ōkawa Jinsei-roku</i> - 大川仁政録)
  • Keyblock for Lyon Collection proof print #1516
  • Volume from <i>Picture Book of the Taikoki</i> (Ehon Taikoki 絵本太閤記)

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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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