Severally he spent his days and night in a large ceramic-made pot found within the market as depicted by John Waterhouse in the 1882. John William differed with many richly dressed women with Diogenes, who is known to be the creator of cynic philosophy. One can see the ceramic jar lodgings together with the lamp on the painting. Diogenes carried the lamp throughout the day, arguing to be looking for a man with integrity. He lived his life criticizing the famous Plato and his interpretation of Socrates. He was also famous for criticizing Alexander the Great directly when he paid a visit to Corinth in the year 336. The Diogenes philosophy influenced Zeno, who directed it to Stoicism. Stoicism is one of the famous schools known for Greek philosophy.

Diogenes believes that all human-made developments are incompatible with happiness. He states that morality implies a come-back to the simpleness of nature. When people asked Diogenes about his origin, he replied that he is a citizen of the universe. He was the first person to use the term cosmopolitan. In Greek, that was cosmopolites. Diogenes expressed Socrates' affection of virtue and dissimilarities in riches, along with contempt for an overall opinion. He passed his message by living by example. Through living by example, he proved that a happy man does not require any influence of the overall community and civilization is a regressive phenomenon. Currently, Diogenes is used to naming a behavioural disorder known for instinctive self condemnation and hoarding.

Who inspired the artist? John William Waterhouse performed his paintings and followed a similar style to the Pre-Raphaelite style. It occurred several years after the split of the famous brotherhood reffered to as the Pre-Raphaelite. Artists within the brotherhood include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais. The artist preferred to use the style even though it was outfaced in the British art world.