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Behdjat Sadr

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.
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).
In 1979, after the Islamic Revolution in Iran started Sadr and her daughter moved to Paris.
Sadr was diagnosed with breast cancer in the late 1990s, but continued to paint. She died at age 85 of a heart attack on 11 August 2009 in Corsica.
Exhibitions at Ab-Anbar: