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MBTI Types as Art Movements/Styles

Istj: Baroque

Baroque art has the precise, spooky attention to detail of an istj, as well as the istjs emphasis on judging the bad from the good, the important from the unimportant, the light starkly contrasted to the dark. Examples:

Supper at Emmaeus by Caravaggio

Still Life with Fruits, Shells, and Insects by Balthasar van der Ast


Estj: Realism

Realism shares the estj’s loyalty to truth- to render the nobility of the world as it is, to strip it of the frills of excess and show the beauty of simplicity. Examples:

Third Class Carriage by Honoré Daumier.

The Stone Breakers by Gustave Courbet.


Infp: Romanticism

Romanticism’s aura of  isolation and idealization is shared by infps. Romanticism and infps also have in common an eye for both the beautiful and the tragic or morbid. Examples:

Wanderer Above a Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich

The Raft of the Medusa by Eugene Delacroix


Enfp: Fauvism

Fauvism resembles what i imagine the world looks like through the eyes of an enfp:colors, chaos, and all the rich, florid, bursting beauty of the world and its motion. Examples:

Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life) by Henri Matisse

Mountains at Collioure by Andre Derain 


Isfj: Impressionism

The feathery softness of impressionism reminds me of an isfj’s kind softness, and the kind of playful natural beauty rendered in impressionist reminds me of the comfort that many isfjs find in nature. Examples:

Two Sisters on the Terrace by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Esfj: Art Nouveau

Esfjs are one oft he most social types, and art deco is one of the most social styles of art. the spirit of parties, friendship, and the zeitgeist of youth are all things that esfjs are tapped right into. Examples:

Folies-Bergere Poster by Jules Cheret

The Kiss by Gustave Klimt


Intj: Dutch Renaissance

A very Ni preoccupation with weird end-of-days symbolism meets careful Te arrangement of space. Also, everybody in a Dutch renaissance portrait looks their plotting something, and intjs are the plottingest of types. Examples:

The Garden of Earthly Delights (Hell) by Hieronymus Bosch

The Arnolfini Wedding by Jan Van Eyck

Entj: Neo-Classical

men in armor standing in geometric patterns and lots of classical references to power, heroism, gods and loyalty- it doesn’t get much more entj than that. Examples:

The Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David

Psyche Revived by Love’s Kiss by Antonio Canova

Istp: Futurism

The violence of futurism captures the angst of an istp, and the way it draws inspiration from machinery reminds me of the istp’s Ti rooted fascination with moving parts and what makes things tick. Examples:

Speeding Automobile by Giacomo Balla

The Funeral of the Anarchist Galli by Carlo Carra

Estp: Cubism

Cubism is a visual representation of the kind calculated chaos which estps have mastered. cubism has a very tactile, Se feeling, but also a very Ti aura of carefully arranged puzzle pieces. also, the fact that cubism was a very boundary pushing art form that made a lot of people angry mirrors estps’ distrust for authority and revolutionary tendencies.

Three Women by Leger Fernand

Maquette for Guitar by Pablo Picasso

Infj: Surrealism

Like infjs, surrealism relishes symbolism and has a fascination, often morbid, with both the individual and the universal subconscious. The dreamlike, at least in my opinion, is very connected to Ni. Examples

The Accommodations of Desire by Salvador Dali

The Barbarians by Max Ernst


Enfj: Rococo

An art period that was, like the enfj, concerned with having tons of fun while also being very grand and impressive. Examples

The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard

Self Portrait in a Straw Hat by Elisabeth-Louise Vigee-Lebrun

Isfp: post-impressionism

The angst and existentialism of high Fi rendered in the sumptuous colors of high Se. post-impressionism shares the isfp’s ability to immerse fully in both the emotional highs and lows of life. Examples

The Scream By Edvard Munch

Church at Auvers by Vincent Van Gough

Esfp: Pop Art

Pop-art is hella cool and so are esfps. the finger on the pulse of pop culture and always present at the hippest parties. But like pop-art, esfps can use their uncanny sense of trendiness to get across serious and compelling points Examples:

BLAM! by Roy Lichtenstein

I Was a Rich Man’s Play Thing by Eduardo Paolozzi

Intp: Italian Renaissance

the Italian renaissance was an art period of thought and discovery, and intps are types fascinated by discovery. renaissance painting always seems to me to have a witty twinkle to it that resembles the witty twinkle of Ti, and if you consider the merging of other renaissance scientific breakthroughs with renaissance art, it is even more intp. Examples:

The School of Athens by Raphael

Lady with Ermine by Leonardo DaVinci

Entp: Dada

No one will fuck with you like an entp, and Dada is basically just fucking with the art world. Like Entps, Dada provokes deep thought through silliness, curiosity, and irreverence.Examples: 

LHOOQ by Marcel Duchamp 

Untitled (Squares Arranged Accordin to the Laws of Chance) by Hands Arp

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818. (Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany) Oil on canvas. 98.4 x 74.8 cm. 

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog is perhaps one of Caspar David Friedrich’s most recognizable paintings, and has become an emblem of German Romanticism in the mid-nineteenth century. At the time, Germany had no centralized art institutions, as it was a patchwork of nations and kingdoms. Friedrich himself was very religious during his childhood and spent his formative years as an artist amid a strong tradition of topographical landscape painting. Within his paintings, Friedrich combines these two aspects. Recognizing what he saw as the obsolete nature of existing religious art, Friedrich’s conception of religious painting underwent a secular transformation. Within his pieces, and especially in The Wanderer, the empirically accurate transcription of mountains in Saxony and Bohemia still successfully convey a sense of transcendence and the infinite.

Friedrich also inserts an individual confrontation with the immensity of the infinite natural world, setting up a relationship between the jutting earth of the mountains, the soft fog, and the nebulous sky, bypassing the need for staid religious ritual and meditation (perhaps a reflection of his Protestant upbringing). Some have even called it a painting of Kantian self-reflection. In any case, by presenting the viewer with the individual’s back, we are invited to also inhabit the anonymous man’s, and Friedrich’s, point of view, and are encouraged to adopt this powerful yet simple philosophy for ourselves. 

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