Costume design for Geschwitz in Lulu
Maker and role
Artist: Jocelyn Herbert, British, 1917-2003
Ink, watercolor, and cut-paper, with fabric swatch
16 1/2 x 11 1/2in (41.9 x 29.2cm)
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Opera by Alban Berg. Produced by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1977.
Amorous adventures take Alban Berg’s red-headed heroine, Lulu, from the gutter to the stage, a mansion, a prison, and back to the street again. In the process, Lulu is responsible for the deaths of five admirers, including Countess Geschwitz. Depressed to find her friend, Lulu, in a shabby garret, Countess Geschwitz contemplates suicide. She perishes, however, trying to defend Lulu from her final client, Jack the Ripper.
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