The subject landscape takes a dominant position in Herbert Brandl's oeuvre. In the tension between objectivity and abstraction, his work oscillates between the recognizability of the motive and the pure sensory impressions of colour and form. Brandl's art unfolds in the painting process: swiftly, intuitively, with a heightened physical effort, without a planned, purposeful approach. This intense devotion to the act of painting as well as the incessant confrontation with various manifestations of nature form the starting point to question Brandl's concept of painting and of nature. This publication focuses on the works of the past two decades and traces the life task of painting as well as the relation between art and the endangered living environment of humans.