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Vera Rockline

 (1896 - 1934)
Vera Schlesinger Rockline was active/lived in Russian Federation, France.  Vera Rockline is known for non objective, nude figure, portrait.

Vera Rockline

Biography from Papillon Gallery

Vera Schlezinger Rockline was born in Moscow in 1896. Her mother was French, and her father was Russian. While in Moscow she studied in the studio of I. Machkoff, and she was later a student of Alexandra Exter in Kiev.

In 1919 Rockline exhibited at the Union of Russian Painters under the name Schlesinger, in an exhibition called "Exhibition of Jewish Painters and Sculptors." She also exhibited at the fifth annual national exhibition of "Impressionism and Abstraction." She also designed decoration for the anniversary of the Revolution. She was married in 1918.

Rockline left Moscow in 1919 and took refuge in Georgia, a province of Russia.

Rockline arrived in Paris in 1921, and settled in the Montparnasse district. She began exhibiting in Paris in 1922 at the Salon d'Automne. Paul Poiret bought four of her paintings. She also exhibited at the Salon des Independants, and the Salon des Tuileries. She had a one-woman exhibition at Galerie Vildrac in Paris in 1925, Paul Poiret wrote the preface of the catalogue. In 1926 she exhibited at Galerie Bernheim. In 1929 she exhibited at Galerie le Studio, and in 1930 at Galerie Barreiro, where she exhibited for the following four years. She was a member of the l'Union Russe des Arts.

Paul Poiret was one of the most influential designers of the period, and a serious art collector. When his private collection was exhibited at Chez Barbazanges, it included the works of Rockline, alongside Van Dongen, Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse, Marval, and many others.

Over the years they have been a several retrospective exhibitions of Rockline's work in Parisian galleries. In 1965 at Galerie Balzac, in 1975 at Galerie Battais with a preface to the catalogue written by Gerald Schurr, and in 1984 on the fiftieth anniversary of her death at the Galerie Drouart.

Rockline's early work shows the influence of Cubism, obviously influenced by her mentor Alexandra Exter, but her coloration was more subtle; more in the manner of Cezanne. She almost exclusively painted nudes and a few portraits. She incorporated her cubist tendencies into her unique postimpressionist style; with use of bold brush strokes and rich colors she created stunning works of modern beauty.

In Montparnasse at this time there was a large Russian community with which Rockline was certainly familiar. She died at the young age of 38 years old, cutting short a brilliant career.

As with many women artists of her generation she is now finding her place in history. In 1991 there was a major exhibition of a large number of her paintings at Galerie Makassar in Paris. She was included the an exhibition at the Musee du Montparnasse in 2002 called "Elles de Montparnasse." Here her paintings were exhibited along side Tamara de Lempicka, Jacqueline Marval, Maria Blanchard, Natalia Gontcharova, Popova, and many more of her contemporaries. At the Musee Montmartre in 2003 she was included in a major exhibition of Russian artists that worked in Paris. Included in this exhibition were Marie Vassilieff, Sonia Delaunay, Lioubov Popova, Mikhail Larionov, Serge Tchekhonine, Leon Bakst, and many others.

Submitted December 2003 by Papillon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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About  Vera Rockline

Born:  1896
Died:   1934
Known for:  non objective, nude figure, portrait