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International Lefthanders Day: 11 Artists Who Were Left-Handed


In a world that often favours the right, being left-handed is like being a captivating secret waiting to be unveiled. It’s as if they possess a hidden superpower, a unique flair that sets them apart from the ordinary. Like the brushstrokes of a maverick artist, left-handedness paints a vibrant tapestry of creativity and innovation. So, let’s celebrate the allure of the left hand, on International Lefthanders Day. following is a list of 11 artists who were also left-handed

  1. Rembrandt van Rijn

    Painting by Rembrandt van Rijn.
    Courtesy: Met

Renowned Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was notably left-handed, a trait that contributed to his distinctive and masterful brushwork.

  1. Michelangelo

    Courtesy: Wikipedia

Michelangelo, the renowned Renaissance artist, was left-handed and ambidextrous, using his unique perspective to create masterpieces like the Sistine Chapel ceiling and David’s iconic sculpture. His artistic genius flowed effortlessly from his non-conventional hand.

  1. Raoul Dufy

    Raoul Dufy.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

Raoul Dufy, the French painter, was known for his vibrant artistry and unique style, all crafted with his left hand, showcasing the creativity of a Southpaw visionary.

  1. Van Gogh

    Van Gogh.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

Vincent van Gogh, the renowned artist, was left-handed, infusing his masterpieces with a distinct creative perspective from his unique dominant hand.

  1. Albrecht Durer

    Albrecht Durer.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

There is some evidence to suggest that the renowned German artist Albrecht Dürer may have been left-handed or ambidextrous. However, it’s important to note that conclusive historical records regarding his handedness are limited, and any claims made are based on observations of his artworks and anecdotes from his contemporaries.

  1. Paul Klee

    Paul Klee.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

Klee is known for his unique artistic style that blended elements of Expressionism, Cubism, and Surrealism. His works often feature intricate patterns, bright colors, and abstract forms.

  1. Hans Holbein the Younger

    Hans Holbein the Younger.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497-1543) was a renowned Northern Renaissance artist and portraitist from Germany. He is best known for his highly detailed and realistic portraits that captured the essence of his subjects.

  1. Karel Appel

    Karel Appel.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

In 1948, Karel Appel co-founded the avant-garde art movement CoBrA (an acronym derived from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam), which aimed to create experimental and spontaneous art.

  1. Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

    Henri de Toulouse Lautrec.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

It is widely believed that  Henri de Toulouse Lautrec was left-handed. Toulouse-Lautrec is best known for his innovative and influential contributions to the Post-Impressionist and Art Nouveau movements. 

  1. Thomas Kinkade

    Thomas Kinkade.
    Courtesy: Park West Gallery

Thomas Kindade is known to paint with his left hand. Kinkade was known for his distinctive style of painting, often referred to as the “Painter of Light.” He focused on landscapes, cottages, and idyllic scenes that were characterized by their soft, glowing light and tranquil ambiance.

  1. M.C. Escher

    M.C. Escher.
    Courtesy: Wikipedia

M.C. Escher, also known as Maurits Cornelis Escher, was left-handed. He is famous for his intricate and mind-bending works of art that often explored mathematical concepts, symmetry, and optical illusions. 

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