Ben Uri collection

Fantasie I

Artist information

Name Marthe Hekimi (1884-)

Other name Marta Szostakowska

Born Lodz, Poland

Died Teheran, Iran

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Born Marta Szostakowska in Łódź, Hekimi pursued an art career despite family opposition, finding art teaching in Poland too traditional. She is documented across Europe from the 1930s, exhibiting Peintures at Galerie Jeanne Bucher-Myrbor, Paris in 1936; with Max Bill’s Allianz group in the Kunsthaus Zurich in 1942, and with Ben Uri in 1947, in a two-person show with Sophie Korner; the catalogue states that Hekimi “felt an artist of the 20th century should not copy nature”. After marriage to an Iranian diplomat, Abel Hassan Hekimi (b. 1887), Hekimi lived in Geneva, Paris, London and Tehran, and there is evidence of her travelling from France to New York in 1947. We are grateful to the Jewish Historical Institute, Poland (Żydowski Instytut Historyczny) for providing biographical details for this entry.

Object Details

Date 1939

Object type drawing

Medium pen and ink on paper

Materials and techniques ink | pen (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 29 x 15.5 cm

Signed signed and dated, bottom right: Hekimi 1939

Acquisition gift

Accession number 1987-136i

Display status not on display



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