In several of my previous posts, I presented artworks that best represent the feelings of those that have had their physiological and safety needs met (the first two of Maslow’s needs at the bottom of his Hierarchy of Needs). As such, they are able to move to the next level, one involving the need for belongingness.
Belongingness involves the desire to be with others in what I call “involvement” activities: clubs, civic groups, churches, hobby groups, family and loved ones, etc. This need is best satisfied by friendships and the love of family. It is how we belong as a “member in good standing.”
Below are two paintings, separated by time and class. Nonetheless, the need for belongingness is being satisfied by all involved. The feelings expressed in each work are nearly identical. Even though one set of characters are peasants in a barn and others characters are well-to-do members of society on a boat, the experiences are the same. These same experiences shared by all give us comfort that this need is universal and satisfied in a universal manner.