Ministry of Truth, 1984
A limited-edition art print of the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984
Available in three sizes -
A4 (quarter size: 21 x 29.7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 inches)
A3 (half size: 29.7 x 42 cm / 11.7 x 16.5 inches)
A2 (full size: 42 x 59.4 cm / 16.5 x 23.4 inches)
Orwell based his Ministry, described as an enormous, pyramidal structure of white concrete, on the Senate House at the University of London, where his wife worked at the Ministry of Information.
But Seth Insua designed his illustration to look bleaker, more forbidding, more brutalist. The Ministry of Truth (Newspeak: Minitrue) is the state's instrument of propaganda. It disseminates only falsehoods; its title is ironic, in keeping with the concept of 'doublethink', which is so central to the novel. In 1984, the 'truth' is something to fear!
"The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink."
- George Orwell, 1984
Premium giclée prints on thick 310gsm fine art paper. Hand-signed and hand-numbered by the artist. All prints are sold unframed.
A4 (quarter size) - £65
A3 (half size) - £95
A2 (full size) - £125
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