Olav Maran “Silent life with black bread and a mystical ball”, 2004a

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Olav Maran is probably the best known Estonian still life painter of all time.

As a result, his works are also recognisable, with a predominance of browns, similar to lowland medieval painting, and a tranquillity conveyed through a dimly lit environment. Olav Maran has said that the point of still life painting is to bring objects that are inherently inanimate to life. He does not want to depict old objects simply to admire their external beauty, but to bring out the eternal dimension and idea that lies within.