David Hockney

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

1964

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
David Hockney born 1937
Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 914 x 581 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975
Reference
P04315

Display caption

This print of a naked youth behind a translucent shower curtain is based upon the photograph of a sixteen year old boy published in the American magazine, Physique Pictorial. As Hockney discovered, when he visited Los Angeles, the models used by the magazine were local boys, some of them just released from prison, who were persuaded to pose nude in pools and showers for a few dollars. The disparity between the classical ideal presented in the magazine and the real life circumstances of the models perhaps accounts for the ironic title of Hockney's print.

Gallery label, August 2004

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