The tranquil stillness of a subtly composed still life painting is one of the treasures of human creative accomplishment. Capturing the quiet moments of life without any movement to distract from the calm is a special gift that can enhance not only the atmosphere of a home, but the state of mind of its occupants. Some paintings have an air of living presence about them, as if the owner of the objects in the painting just stepped out of the room. Others, while beautiful, convey a sense of decomposition, as do the unbelievably beautiful florals and still life arrangements of the Vanitas genre painted with exquisite detail by Dutch and Flemish master painters. This collection of florals and still life paintings says much about Stefan Baumann’s versatile skill and sensitivity as an artist.