Behjat Sadr also known as Behjat Sadr Mahallāti (Persian: بهجت صدر, 29 May 1924 - 11 August 2009) was an Iranian modern art painter whose works have been exhibited in major cities across the world, such as New York, Paris, and Rome. Sadr is known for her paintings that utilizing a palette knife on canvases to create impressionistic paintings featuring visual rhythm, movement and geometric shapes.
Behjat Sadr Mahallāti was born to Mohammad Sadr-e Mahallāti and Qamar Amini Sadr in Arak, Iran on 29 May 1924. Sadr began her studies at the University of Tehran faculty of fine arts. After her graduation, she won a scholarship to the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome at the Naples Academy of Fine Arts.[clarification needed]
Sadr's first major exhibition was at the twenty-eighth Venice Biennial in 1956. In 1957, Sadr returned to the University of Tehran as a member of faculty and taught there for almost 20 years. There she met and married her second husband Morteza Hannaneh (a well known Iranian musician and composer) and had her only daughter, Kakuti (Mitra).
Sadr was the first female contemporary painter to be considered on the same level as her male colleagues in Iran.
1956 – Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
1957 – Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
1957 – Galleria Il Pincio, Rome, Italy
1962 – Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
1962 – The 3rd Tehran Painting Biennial, Tehran, Iran
1962 – São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
1987 – "Iranian Contemporary Art: Four Women", Foxley Leach Gallery, Washington DC
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