1920 - 1990 · Denmark
A renowned figure in the Danish Constructivist scene and leading artist of the Linien II group, Albert Mertz evolved over the course of the twentieth century to become an essential modernist voice.
A veritable artistic prodigy, Mertz was already exhibiting his work in his early teen years and began his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen at the tender age of 16. Though steeped in these early years in the traditions of the art historical canon, Mertz discovered in his twenties the powerful language of Dadaism and the various applications for abstraction. Suddenly Mertz plunged himself into the dynamic practices of early twentieth-century modernists, dabbling in everything from film to collage. Following the wartime years, Mertz emerged with a new streamline aesthetic that became the foundation for the Linien II group.
His passion for simplified form carried him into the 1960s, a decade during which he became invested in his red-blue pictures for which he still garners acclaim today. His works can be found in various collections, including the permanent holdings of the Holstebro Kunstmuseum in Holstebro, Denmark.