3 Ways To Help You Find Out Your Favourite Type Of Art


 Do you find yourself drawn to figurative art, or do abstract paintings enthral you? Well, it turns out that your art preference, your interest in arts, and the judgments you make on Original Art are tightly connected to your personality.

Since paintings were categorized into different artistic styles, scientists have been curious about why certain people prefer one style over the other. However, there was no standard typography of personality traits till the 1990s. Then, an extensive study conducted by psychologists in London provided solid foundations to explore the link between art and personality with more conviction. 

Types of art included in the study:

Art falls into specific categories based on time, medium, subjects covered, and their expressive qualities. The study included paintings representative of the following schools:

  • Renaissance: Covering the period from the 1300s to 1600s in Europe, paintings of this school emphasise landscape, the play of light and shadows, anatomical accuracy, and a linear perspective (think of Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus”).   

  • Impressionism: The movement gained traction in the decades from 1860 to 1890 in Paris. The artists used their brush expressively and tended to paint outdoors, thus preferring landscapes. They loved to depict how a changing light interacted with its surroundings (For instance, Claude Monet’s “Impression, Sunrise”)

  • Cubism: Invented in the first decade of the 1900s by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, this school depicts subjects in a fragmented form. Different planes of light overlap to show the same object from several perspectives simultaneously (as in Picasso’s “Girl with a Mandolin”).   

  • Abstract Expressionism: This art style rejects the realistic depiction of any form and relies on colour and texture to express itself. It originated in New York post-WWII and is sometimes known as “action painting” (such as Jackson Pollock’s “Convergence”).  

Types of personalities:

The study used a personality framework known as the Big Five. It lists the following traits as delimiting zones between different types of personalities. Every person exhibits each marker to a certain degree but can display one dominant attribute.

  • Openness: 

Openness emphasises imagination, insight, curiosity, and a hunger to learn about disparate subjects. 

  •  Conscientiousness:

It is associated with reasonable impulse control, planning, an eye for detail, and an affinity towards structured living. 

  •  Extroversion:

A person with a high degree of extroversion enjoys conversing with other people and being assertive. Someone with lower degrees would feel depleted in a similar scenario. They require periods of solitude to feel re-energised.    

  •  Agreeableness:

Agreeableness demonstrates empathy, trust, and cooperation. People with this trait enjoy helping anyone in need. 

  • Neuroticism:

This trait is characterised by moodiness and emotional instability. People displaying higher levels of neuroticism find it hard to deal with and bounce back from stressful situations.

What did the study find out?

  • On Art Preferences: 

  • People who preferred representational art like the Renaissance and Impressionism paintings were significantly more conscientious and agreeable.

  • On the other hand, people who liked Abstract and Cubist works tended to be open to new experiences.

  • Interestingly, men preferred Renaissance and Cubist paintings, while women liked Impressionist works. And, younger participants were drawn to more modern forms of art such as Cubism.

  • On Art Interests:

    • Whether or not someone has artistic and aesthetic inclinations is also driven by personality traits. 

    • As with art preferences, the Openness dimension plays a significant role in determining artistic interests. People open to changes are more interested in creative pursuits.

The study concludes that people showing high degrees of Openness to new experiences are more likely to be interested in art and tend to like Abstract and Cubist works. On the other hand, people with higher degrees of conscientiousness and agreeableness prefer realistic paintings. 

Now that you know what your art preferences can reveal about you, how about you explore something new and get an original art to hang up in your living room? The next time a guest walks in, you could learn something about them from the paintings that they stare at longer.