The artwork 'Red Parable' by Hans Hofmann is full of contrasts. The complementary colours of red and green define the painting and stand opposite each other in the colour circle; that is to say, they heighten each other to maximum brilliance. Mixed together, on the other hand, they result in a dull brown. Hofmann plays the colours off against each other: delicate red, running out at the edges, stands next to green which has been applied opaquely with a broad brush. A third component links the two levels: red pastose accents have been set on the canvas using a palette knife and then crossed out. The areas of colour, ranging from transparent to opaque, are created using different tools and techniques: paintbrush and palette knife, shaking and dripping. Hofmann lets the paint play an active role. Although he defines a basic structure, he allows the material space to develop freely.