• The beauty Yūgiri (夕きり) in the rain - from the series <i>Fan-tossing for the Elegant</i> (<i>Fūryū tōsenkyō</i> - 風流投扇興)
  • The courtesan Senju of the Izumiya (和泉屋内泉壽) from the series <i>Eight Views of the Shin-Yoshiwara</i> (Shin-Yoshiwara Hakkei - 新吉原八景) - <i>Returning Sails at San'yabori</i> (<i>San'yabori no kihan</i> - 三谷堀の帰帆)
  • Woman reading a letter from the series <i>Board Game of the Floating World</i> (<i>Ukiyo jūroku musashi</i> - 浮世十六むさし) - this print is devoted to <i>iguinisaretehatsumaranuoyakata</i> (いぐいにされてはつまらぬ親かた)
  • Volume 1 of <i>Gaten Tsūkō</i> [画典通考]
  • View of Seki (<i>Seki no zu</i>: 関ノ図) 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)
  • Ichikawa Ebijūrō II (市川鰕十郎) as Horiguchi Manemon (堀口万右衛門) - the right-hand panel of a triptych from the play <i>Sao no uta Kizugawa hakkei</i> ('Song of the boat pole: Eight views of the Kizu River' - 棹歌木津川八景)
  • Night Rain at Ōyama (大山夜雨): View of the Summit above the former Fudō Temple (従前不動頂上之図) - from Eight Views Of Famous Places (名所八景) - <i>Ōyama ya-u: Juzen Fudō chojo no kei - Meisho hakkei</i>
  • Ichimura Uzaemon XII (市村羽左衛門) as Shoki (鍾馗) and Nakamura Utaemon IV (中村歌右衛門) as Ao Oni (青鬼), the Blue Demon, from the series The Twelve Months (<i>Junitsuki no uchi</i> 十二月之内), here the Fifth Month (<i>Satsuki</i> 皐月)
  • Nakayama Tomisaburō I standing next to Matsumoto Koshirō V in the checkered robe, Ichikawa Danjurō VII in makeup and Onoe Eizaburō I seated and holding a scroll - this is the left panel of a triptych entitled <i>Edo shibai sangai no zu</i> ('The 3rd Floor of an Edo Theater' - 江戸芝居三階之図)
  • Sawamura Sōjūrō IV [四代目沢村宗十郎], viewing a playbill, i.e., a ranking list of kabuki actors  [顔見世番付を見る図]

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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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