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Stage Setting for "Gas"

1926 Louis Lozowick Born: Ludvinovka, Russia 1892 Died: South Orange, New Jersey 1973 pen and ink, brush and ink, tempera and pencil on paperboard sheet: 19 1/4 x 12 3/8 in. (49.0 x 31.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 1926, Lee Lozowick 1976.10 Not currently on view


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Gas is an expressionist, World War I drama by the German playwright Georg Kaiser about a rebellion at a plant producing poison gas. Lozowick designed the stage set for Marion Gerin’s 1926 production of this play at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and this is one of several preparatory drawings. The artist used America’s industrialized landscape as the inspiration for the set, which he intended “to be the crystallization of a vision fashioned by the rigid geometric pattern of the American city.”

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009

Keywords

Architecture - design - stage set

Architecture - industry

Architecture - science - power lines

Literature - unknown - Gas

Performing arts - theater

drawing

ink

paint - tempera

pencil

paperboard - card

About Louis Lozowick

Born: Ludvinovka, Russia 1892 Died: South Orange, New Jersey 1973

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