Cleanliness is Next to GodlinessArtist(s)Doug WebbArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Datecirca 1985Medium & Supportscreenprint on paperDimensions
29 1/2 in x 36 in (74.93 cm x 91.44 cm);21 1/2 in x 29 in (54.61 cm x 73.66 cm)Credit LineGift of Jack A. and Noreen RounickSubject matter
Webb explores the paradoxes created by opposing urbanity and nature in this print. Known for his hyper-realistic paintings that mix up everyday scenes, the design for this print is derived from a 1980 acrylic painting of the same title. In this print, a picturesque mountain landscape is fractured by the lake—referencing a sink—with a tooth brush waiting by the shore. The title, an old protestant adage, suggests a value judgement, if satirically. Here, Webb displays the mundane routine of personal hygene in the context of a pristene landscape—visually connecting the bathroom to god's creation.Physical Description
This print shows a landscape with a mountain rising in the middle of the background. There are trees and grass in front, and a body of water in the foreground. At the center, on the edge of the water, sits a faucet, a razor, and a toothbrush in a clear glass as if the body of water is a sink.
The print is signed (l.r.) "Doug Webb" and numbered (l.l.) "197/275" in pencil.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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