Costume design for Prince in Lulu
Maker and role
Artist: Jocelyn Herbert, British, 1917-2003
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Ink, watercolor, and cut-paper, with fabric swatches
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 Alwa, son of Dr. Schön. Lulu marries Alwa, and they live in luxury in Paris until they are ruined financially. The couple moves to London, where Lulu becomes a prostitute. Alwa is killed by one of her clients, the African Prince.
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