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Defence of common sense


“I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again 'I know that that’s a tree', pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: 'This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.”

― Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty


Anne Koskinen: Am anderen Ende der Leine

Ein schöner Rücken kann auch entzücken, 2022
oil on canvas
43 x 37 cm

Anfänger, 2022
oil on canvas
73,5 x 61 cm


Anne Koskinen: In Need of a Guardian, 2017 

Anne Koskinen: Am anderen Ende der Leine

Kaninchen im Nirgendwo, 2022
oil on canvas, 80 x 100 cm


Hermann Hesse // “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.


Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.


Anne Koskinen: Am anderen Ende der Leine

Katze ohne Stammbaum, 2019
gold, silver and oil on canvas
28 x 21,5 cm

Kaninchen im Nirgendwo, 2022 

Anne Koskinen: Am anderen Ende der Leine

Labyrinth, 2022
oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm

Anne Koskinen:  Suche, 2022
oil on canvas, 131 x 170 cm

Suche, 2022

Anne Koskinen: Suchbild, 2022
oil on canvas 100 x 141 cm


Fons, 2022

Life, 2021 

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: My strength is trust....Out of this trust I live.

Walnut milk, 2022 

"Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all."

...So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. ”

― Herman Hesse, Bäume: Betrachtungen und Gedichte

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