• Performers who hit the bull's eye: Bandō Shūka I on the left as Miuraya Agemaki or <i>Agemaki of the Three Shores House</i> (三浦屋揚巻) and Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII on the right as Agemaki no Sukeroku (揚巻の助六)
  • A print from the series <i>Lingering Sentiments of a Late Collection of Genji</i> (<i>Genji goshū yojō</i> - 源氏後集余情): - the woman represents Chapter 6, <i>Suetsumuhana</i> (The Safflower - 末摘花) - left panel of a pair
  • Gaman Sonja (我慢損者) from the series <i>Sixteen Wonderful Considerations of Profit</i> (<i>Myō densu jūroku rikan</i> - 十六利勘 我慢損者)
  • Amorous couple with the moon and a love letter 'Secret Conversations with Courtesans' (<i>Keisei higo</i> - 契情秘語)
  • An evening stroll along the Sumida River near the Ryōgoku Bridge <i>Tōto Ryōgoku yūryō no ga</i>  (東都両国夕涼の画)
  • Taira Kiyomori haunted by strange sights (<i>Taira no Kiyomori kai-i o miru zu</i> - 平清盛怪異を見る図)
  • Ehon: <i>In Praise of Love in All Four Seasons</i> (<i>Shunka shūtō</i> - 春夏秋冬 - Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter: <i>Shiki no nagame</i> - 色の詠) - volume 2 of a 4 volume set
  • Arashi Kichisaburō II (嵐吉三郎) as Funakoshi Jūemon (船こし重右衛門) in <i>Yaegasumi Naniwa no hamaogi</i> ('Eightfold Reeds Along the Seashore: Mist at Osaka')
  • The Kōya Jewel River, a Famous Place in Kii Province (<i>Kōya no Tamagawa, Kiinokuni no meisho</i>), from the series <i>The Six Jewel Rivers in Popular Customs</i> (<i>Fūzoku Mu Tamagawa</i> - 風俗六玉川)
  • Arashi Rikan II (嵐璃寛) on the right as Hachiman Tarō (八幡太郎)  and Nakamura Utaemon III (中村歌右衛門) as Abe no Sadatō (安部貞任)

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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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