Stage Setting for Gas”

Media - 1976.10 - SAAM-1976.10_1 - 61156
Copied Louis Lozowick, Stage Setting for "Gas", 1926, pen and ink, brush and ink, tempera and pencil on paperboard, sheet: 19 1412 38 in. (49.031.4 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1976.10, © 1926, Lee Lozowick

Artwork Details

Stage Setting for Gas”
Not on view
sheet: 19 1412 38 in. (49.031.4 cm)
lower right in ink: LOUIS LOZOWICK back upper left to upper center in ink: LOUIS LOZOWICK/Stage stetting for "GAS"/Goodman Theatre Chicago
© 1926, Lee Lozowick
Credit Line
Museum purchase
Mediums Description
pen and ink, brush and ink, tempera and pencil on paperboard
  • Architecture — industry
  • Still life
  • Performing arts — theater
  • Architecture — science — power lines
  • Architecture — design — stage set
  • Literature — unknown — Gas
Object Number

Artwork Description

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