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Art for Every Personality

We admit it: The PatronArt team is slightly obsessed with finding your next favorite painting, even if it means diving into the pop-psych of a Myers-Briggs personality test. Now standard in high schools and job interviews across the country, the test sorts us into 16 categories based on a combination of four different traits. You probably already know if you’re introverted or extroverted, but how about thinking or feeling? What about sensing or intuitive? Judging or perceiving? You’ll have to take the test to find out for sure.

While the MBTI has met with its fair share of criticism in academic circles, our personalized guide to art is a bit of harmless fun, designed to give you a few ideas and help you discover some new artists, both on and off the PatronArt website.

Here are the art movements—tied together by a common goal, style, or philosophy—that we think would best suit each type.

'Da Vinci' by TNS Sofres is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ENTP: Renaissance

Resourceful, bright, and ideas-oriented, the ENTP is a true Jack-of-all-trades, just like the proverbial Renaissance Man (or Woman).

“Giacomo Balla – ‘Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash'” by Irina is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ENTJ: Futurism

Progressive and distinguished by a celebratory attitude toward technology, Futurism is a great fit for this trailblazing type.

"Henri Matisse - Dishes and Fruit" by Irina is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ENFP: Fauvism

An art movement named after the French term for wild beasts will strike a chord with the free-spirited ENFP, whose social charm is offset by a powerful craving for creativity and freedom.

“Edward Hopper – ‘Morning Sun,' 1952” by Sharon Mollerus is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ENFJ: Realism

The ENFJ radiates authenticity, just like the muckraking paintings of the Realist movement, which refused to conceal the occasional ugliness of everyday life.

“Mary Cassatt – ‘Little Girl in a Blue Armchair'” by Irina is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ESTP: Impressionism

The ESTP values experiential living, making the direct sensations of Impressionism the perfect fit for this instinctual type.

“Norman Rockwell – ‘Courting Couple at Midnight'” by James Vaughan is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

ESFJ: American Illustration: Norman Rockwell

Idealistic and sweet, ESFJs thrive on harmony and human connection, much like the characters in Norman Rockwell’s iconic illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post.

ESFP: Baroque

Life is never boring with the energetic ESFP. Ditto the Baroque movement, which relied on ornate details and a sense of the theatrical to keep viewers’ eyes moving.

"[ V ] Jan (Johannes) Vermeer - The Glass of Wine (1661)" by Cea. is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ESTJ: Dutch Golden Age

The ESTJ thrives on order and tradition, and has a strong sense of community. So did The Dutch Golden Age, with its emphasis on cultural pride and the realities of everyday life in the Netherlands.

“[ D ] Salvador Dali – ‘Oasis' (1946)” by cea + is licensed under CC BY 2.0

INTP: Surrealism

Heavily influenced by dreams and psychoanalysis, Surrealism will give imaginative INTPs plenty of wonderfully strange ideas to dissect.

INTJ: Cubism

A fiercely independent analytic will find much to appreciate in the Cubists’ methodical dissection and reassemblage of space, and even more to love in their views on the fluidity of time and consciousness.

“Gauguin-4” by Mesoarte is licensed under CC BY 2.0

INFP: Post-Impressionism

Loyal empaths, the INFP will find meaning in paintings that capture the inner picture of the soul through the interrelation of color and shape.

“[ R ] Odilon Redon – ‘Cyclops’ (1904) – Detail” by cea + is licensed under CC BY 2.0

INFJ: Symbolism

Both a literary and artistic movement, Symbolism is definitely intimidating to casual observers, just like the independent INFJ. Look closer, though, and you’ll find warmth, romance, and something slightly silly.

"Jacques-Louis David, 'Le Serment des Horaces'" by Institutnationaldhistoiredelart‎ is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ISTP: Neoclassicism

The Neoclassical movement functioned as a reaction against excess and superstition. Rational ISTPs, who never met a fact they they didn’t like, will appreciate the classic Greek virtues of symmetry and simplicity.

"John Constable - 'Stonehenge'" by Irina is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ISFJ: Naturalism

The ISFJ is a caring, detailed-oriented individual, a perfect match for the intimacy of a finely rendered Naturalist painting.

"Edvard Munch, 'Women on the Bridge', 1902" by lookcatalog is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ISFP: Expressionism

Territorial and sensitive, rule-breaking ISFPs will identify with the alienated individuals wandering through early Expressionist paintings at the cusp of the modern era.

“Aubrey Beardsley – Cover design for Smithers’ Catalogue of Rare Books, 1896” by Plum leaves is licensed under CC BY 2.0

ISTJ: Art Nouveau

Traditional, craft-oriented, and utilitarian, the principles of Art Nouveau are emblematic of this quietly impactful type.

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