'Truth is Victorious', Václav Jirásek

'Truth is Victorious', Václav Jirásek

'Truth is Victorious'
Václav Jirásek, Bratrstvo
Czechoslovakia
1989
Offset lithograph printed in black and red on paper
Museum no. E.2035-1990

The text 'Truth is Victorious' was the presidential motto in pre-communist Czechoslovakia and a proverb rooted in the country's history and mythology. Together with this slogan, the photograph of a young man proudly holding the Czechoslovak flag can be read as a symbol of the re-emergent independent spirit of the nation. The Bratrstvo (Brotherhood) was a multi-media group of photographers, painters, writers and musicians modelled on the romantic artistic brotherhoods of the past (particularly the nineteenth-century British Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood). Their work drew on fairytale and mythology, but also on 1950s socialist realist art. The socialist realist overtones of the figure in this photograph introduce an element of ambiguity into the poster.