• Third Princess (<i>Nyosan no miya</i>) from <i>The Tale of Genji</i> playing with her cat
  • A beauty adjusting her makeup (化粧) from the series "Types of the Floating World Seen Through a Physiognomist's Glass" (<i>Ukiyo jinsei tengankiyō</i> - 浮世人精天眼鏡)
  • Onoe Kikujirō II (尾上菊次郎) as Oishi (お石), the wife of Ōboshi Yuranosuke, in Act IX the <i>Kanadehon Chūshingura</i> ('Copybook of the Treasury of Loyal Retainers': 仮名手本忠臣蔵)
  • <i>Three-stringed Shamisen</i> (三すじ) from the series Modern Fashions (<i>Imasugata</i> - いま姿)
  • Bijin reading a letter by lantern light - from the series 'A Collection of Modern Beauties' <i>Tōsei bijin soroe no uchi</i> (當盛美人揃之内)
  • The Typhoon at Daimotsu Bay in Settsu Province in 1188 (<i>Bunji yonen Sesshū Daimotsu no ura nanpū no zu</i>- 文治四年摂州大物浦難風の図)
  • Ellipse
  • Diptych of Bandō Mitsugorō III (坂東三津五郎) as Nagoya Sanzaburō (名古屋山三) on the left and Matsumoto Kōshirō V (松本幸四郎) as Fuwa Banzaemon (不破伴左衛門) on the right in the play <i>Fuwa Nagoya Yuki no Tategasa</i> (不破名護屋雪棹)
  • Bandō Mitsugorō (坂東三津五郎) as the <i>otokodate</i> (Ume) Yoshibei (由兵衛) from the play 'The Gion Festival Chronicle of Faith' (<i>Gion Sairei Shinkōki</i> - 祇園祭礼信仰記) - this is number 5 (五) from this series
  • <i>7 Imaginary Chinese Creatures</i> (<i>shōjō</i>)<i> in a Drunken State</i> (<i>Shichi-nin shōjō zuburoku no zu</i> - 七人猩々酩酊之図) - left panel of a triptych

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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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