International Left-Handers Day: Artist Focus

August 13th is “Left-Hander’s Day.” Launched in 1996, this yearly event celebrates left-handedness and raises awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers. experience every day in a world designed for right-handers.

To help celebrate, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some left-handed artists… in no particular order:

Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse Lautrec:

 Albrecht Durer and Hans Holbein the Younger:

Karel Appel and Leonardo da Vinci:

MC Escher and Michelangelo Bounarroti:

Paul Klee and Raoul Dufy:

Rembrandt van Rijn and  Peter Paul Rubens:

… and Raphael di Santi:thm_Raphael-Self-portrait

I am sure you are all wondering about any female left-handed artists… well, I looked… and looked… and came up with a self-portrait of Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun using her left-hand to paint:Vigée-Le-Brun-Self-Portrait-at-an-Easel-1790-Uffizi

Of course, this doesn’t 100% prove that she was left-handed and I couldn’t find anything stating that defiitively, which was frustrating.

There has to be more female left-handed artists out there. If you know of any, I would be very happy to learn of them so they can be celebrated. Please comment or email WRS!


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