• Title page for the series <i>Sagas of Beauty and Bravery</i> (<i>Biyū Suikoden</i> - 美勇水滸伝)
  • Kintarō (金太郎), carp and tengu diptych
  • Ōkubi-e: Double Bust portrait - Ichikawa Danjūrō VII (?) on the left; Iwai Hanshirō V on the right
  • Number Three: In the Shade of a Tree (<i>San konoshitakage</i> - 三  木下蔭) from the series <i>Famous Horses</i> (<i>Meiba zoroe</i> - 名馬揃)
  • Shoki astride a lion
  • Ichikawa Hakuen II (市川白猿) as Saeda Masazaemon (早枝政右衛門)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as number three (三) from a series of 5 Chivalrous Men
  • Music (<i>raku</i> - 楽) from the series <i>Joy and Anger, Love and Pleasure</i> (<i>Kido airaku no uchi</i> - 喜怒愛楽之内) - a Rustic Genji theme
  • Okabe Rokuyata Tadazumi (岡部六弥太忠澄) in combat with Satsuma no Kami Tadanori (薩摩守忠度) near Ichinotani
  • View of Kameyama (<i>Kameyama no zu</i>: 亀山ノ図) 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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