Behjat SADR (1924-2009) Untitled, 1974 Oil... - Lot 87 - Millon

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Behjat SADR (1924-2009) Untitled, 1974 Oil... - Lot 87 - Millon
Behjat SADR (1924-2009)
Untitled, 1974
Oil on aluminium signed lower right
70 x 100 cm

Galerie Fredéric Lacroix, Paris

-Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, exhibition "Iran: les Temps Modernes (1960-2014)", 16 May - 24 August 2014.
-Rome, MAXXI, Iran Unedited History 1960-2014, 11 December 2014 - 29 March 2015. Cat.exp.reproduced p.33

The artist:
Born in 1924, Behjat Sadr is an Iranian artist who lived and worked between Tehran, Rome and Paris, and is now considered one of the pioneers of Iranian abstraction.
Emancipating herself from the Iranian artistic tradition, an aesthetic characterized in the 1950s by religious imagery, bright colors and neo-traditionalist motifs, and in opposition to an art world dominated by male artists, Behjat Sadr laid the foundations for a bold new Iranian painting. His monochrome, dark, oil works, created with large, sharp brush or knife movements, are the direct expression of his inspirations, drawn from the forms of nature and the new industrial aesthetics of his time. The artist creates a visual language entirely dedicated to the pure expression and exhibition of technique.
The work we present here presents the fundamental characteristics of Sadr's work: the aluminium support, covered with black oil paint and then scraped with large gestures, reveals a kinetic and moving composition.
Behjat Sadr was one of the first women to be invited to participate in international biennials in the early 1960s. Her work, rare and remarkable, was celebrated in 2006 with the documentary Le Temps suspendu, by Mitra Farahani, and can be seen in major international museums.

"Sadr enchants us with the continuous quality of a metaphysics of matter updated since Dada, in a different way, and with spatial-assemblistic proposals of visual, if not tactile, enchantment, normalizing this enchantment as ethical as it is aesthetic"
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