Costume design for Dr. Schön in scenes 2 and 4 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 the wealthy Dr. Schön. Learning that his son, Alwa, is one of Lulu’s admirers, Dr. Schön hands her a pistol, but instead of shooting herself, she shoots Dr. Schön five times. Sentenced to prison, Lulu is rescued by the Countess Geschwitz.
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