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Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Accession Number
2004/2.40

Title
Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Artist(s)
Doug Webb

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1985

Medium & Support
screenprint on paper

Dimensions
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 Line
Gift of Jack A. and Noreen Rounick

Subject 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 Classification
Print

Collection Area
Modern and Contemporary

Rights
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Keywords
bathrooms
landscapes (representations)
mountains
realism (artistic form of expression)
screen prints
self-taught artists

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