The book provides an overview of the development of Robert Mangold’s work from 1964 to the 1980s. Through the method of reduction Mangold has created a new type of painting: painting as the dynamic interactive field of the interrelations of its visible elements. His fundamental preference for the material qualities of the pictorial aspects allows him to define their role anew, individually and in combination. Outline shapes and internal forms, colour surfaces and graphite lines, colour tones and area structures – all receive an essentially more direct and stronger determing value then they had previously been accorded in painting. Through the continuously developed combination and expansion of their possibilities by Mangold, they now form the basis of an astonishing wealth of new formulations of painting and an effective opening of painting to solutions yet to be invented.