• Lovers warm themselves at a <i>kotatsu</i> from the series 'Secret Conversations with Courtesans' (<i>Keisei higo</i> - 契情秘語)
  • No. 2, Gaman Sonja (我慢損者 - The Impatient Loser) from the series <i>Sixteen Wonderful Considerations of Profit</i> (<i>Myō densu jūroku rikan</i> - 十六利勘 我慢損者)
  • Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Katō Masakiyo (加藤正清)
  • Two couples at night - both women are courtesans
  • Dainagon Tsunenobu  (大納言経信) from the series <i>One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets</i> (<i>Hyakunin isshu no uchi</i> - 百人一首之内)
  • Stories of Chivalrous People of Loyalty and Courage (<i>Kyōkaku giyūden</i> - 俠客義勇傅) - <i>Hotei Ichiemon</i>  (布袋市右衛門)
  • Onoe Kikugorō VII as Benten Kozō [弁天子僧] in <i>Shiranami Gonin otoko</i> [白浪五人男] aka <i>Aoto Zōshi Hana no Nishikie</i> [青砥稿花紅彩画]
  • Nakamura Utaemon III [中村歌右衛門] as the monkey trainer Yojirō (与次郎) from the series Great Performances (<i>Ōatari kyōgen no uchi</i> - 大當狂言之内)
  • Wakamurasaki (若紫): No. 5, Lavender from the series <i>Ukiyo-e Parallels for the Cloudy Chapters of the Tale of Genji</i> (<i>Genji kumo ukiyoe awase</i> - 源氏雲浮世絵合)
  • Iwai Kumesaburō II (岩井粂三郎) as the courtesan Takao (高尾) and Segawa Kikunojō V (瀬川菊之丞) as the <i>daimyō</i> Yorikane (頼兼)

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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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