Hedonism in Art
Would it not be true to say that most images produced today, are about Hedonism in some way or another? Paintings, photographs, print media and even what we see splayed over social media sharing or inspiring the pursuit of please and self gratification. We expose and share facets of our lives in pursuit of the things that make us happiest, or necessarily we aspire to make us happy. Notably, it is assumed that hedonism is predominately about sexual and bodily happiness but the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus taught hedonism beyond the physical realms. His teachings sought to inspire that happiness should be found within, for people to live simply and untroubled.
In art, the representations of hedonism flicker between modesty, vulgarity, romanticism and eroticism. Here are some of the art that I have always felt drawn to, that inspire the pursuit of happiness in whatever form I find it.