Behjat Sadr

(1924 - 2009) Born in 1924 in Arak, Iran, Behjat was also known to be Behjat Sadr Mahallati. 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. He became a modern Iranian 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. Sadr was the first female contemporary painter to be considered on the same level as her male colleagues in Iran. In 2006, Sadr was the subject of a documentary film called Behjat Sadr: Time Suspended, directed by Mitra Farahani. Which includes footage of the artist at work as well as extensive interviews.