Vera ROCKLINE 1896 — 1934
Вера РОКЛІН • Вера РОКЛИН
Vera (Schlezinger) Rockline was born in Moscow in 1896. In Moscow she studied in the studio of I. Machkoff, and later she was 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. In 1919 Rockline moved to Georgia and than in 1921 to Paris. She began exhibiting in Paris in 1922 at the Salon d`Automne. 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. The preface to the catalogue was written by one of the most influential designers Paul Poiret. 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. Vera Rockline died in 1934. Rockline had several retrospective exhibitions at Galerie Balzac (1965), at Galerie Battais (1975) with a preface to the catalogue written by Gerald Schurr, and in 1984 at the Galerie Drouart. In 1991 there was a major exhibition of her paintings at Galerie Makassar in Paris. She was included in the exhibition "Elles de Montparnasse" at the Musee du Montparnasse in 2002. At the Musee Montmartre in 2003 she was included in a major exhibition of Russian artists that worked in Paris. Rockline`s early work shows the influence of Cubism, obviously influenced by her mentor Alexandra Exter. 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.