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Your Neighbour Will Envy You
Albert Mertz
1960 (1962)

Your Neighbour Will Envy You

Albert Mertz had a keen eye to foolishness in modern life. He mocked both mass culture and high culture in his works, and like the pop artists he made use of the artistic effects of mass culture itself.

At the beginning of the 1960s every family dreamt of having its own car. Mertz shows us an array of car models, each one smarter and more attractive than the other. He makes use of the language of publicity agents, which appeals to the little bit of envy resident in all of us. Albert Mertz’s own trademark, the blue and red colour, forms a background to it all.

1960 (1962)
Oil, gold- and silverbronze on canvas
85,0 x 100,0 cm


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