• Ariwara Narihira and Ono no Komachi (在原業平と小野小町) from the series <i>Five Colors of Love for the Six Poetic Immortals</i> (<i>Goshiki zome rokkasen</i> - 五色染六歌仙) 
  • Streetwalker (<i>Tsujigimi</i> - 辻君) from the series <i>Comparison of Present-day Beauties</i> (<i>Jisei bijin kurabe</i> - 時世美人競)
  • Twilight Snow at Mokuboji (<i>Mokuboji bosetsu</i>木母寺暮雪) from the series <i>Eight Views of Edo</i> (<i>Edo hakkei</i> - 江戸八景)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Torii Matasuke (鳥井又助) in <i>The Courtesan and Mirror Mountain</i> (<i>Keisei Kagamiyama</i> -  けいせい双鏡山) - this is the right panel of a diptych
  • Inuta Kobungo Yasuyori [犬田小文吾忬順] with the child Inue Shimbei Masashi (犬江親兵衛仁) fending off an attack -  from the series <i>The One and Only Eight Dog History of Old Kyokutei, Best of Refined Authors</i> (<i>Kyokutei-ō seicho Hakkenshi zui-ichi</i> - 曲亭翁精著八犬士随一)
  • A kabuki actor as Watōnai (和藤内)
  • The New Plum Estate on the Sumida River or <i>Sumidagawa shin-Umeyashiki no zu</i> (隅田川新梅屋敷之図)
  • Ōkubi-e: Double bust portrait with bats in the border
  • Nakamura Shikan's wife (中村福助の妻) from the series <i>The Stories About the People In The Recent Times</i> (<i>Kinsei Jinbutsu Shi</i> - 近世人物誌)
  • View of Hodogaya (<i>Hodogaya no zu</i>: 保土ヶ谷図) 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)

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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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