Costume design for Dr. Schön, Act II, scene 1, in Lulu

Maker and role
Artist: Jocelyn Herbert, British, 1917-2003
ca. 1977
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Object detail

Ink, watercolor, and cut-paper
16 1/2 x 11 1/2in (41.9 x 29.2cm)
Credit line
Gift of The Tobin Endowment
Accession number
Theatre production
Opera by Alban Berg. Produced by the Metropolitan Opera, New York, 1977.
Further information
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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