Vera Rockline Russian, 1896-1934

Overview

Vera Rockline was a Post- Impressionist Russian painter.

Recognise for her unique style inspired by the old masters (such as Rubens) as well as her cubist and post-impressionists cotemporaries, Rockline had several solo art exhibitions in Paris galleries, including Vildrac (1925), Bernheim (1926), La Boetie (1930) and Barreiro (1932, 1933).

Biography

Vera Rockline’s father was Russian and her mother was French. She was born in Moscow, and studied there at the studio of I. Machkov. In 1918–1919, under her maiden name Schlesinger, she participated in the Russian Painters Union exhibition, the Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures by Jewish Painters, and the Fifth National Painting Exhibition, ‘From Impressionism to Abstraction’.In May 1919, she left Moscow for Tbilisi (Georgia), before settling permanently in Paris in 1921.

She participated in the Salon d’Automne the following year.

 

At a time when contemporary art was gradually abandoning realism, Vera Rockline’s delicate, melancholy nudes remained popular with the French public. Rockline’s early work shows cubist influences, but she was also an artist of subtle, Cézannian colouring, who developed a unique style incorporating cubist techniques. Her subjects were almost exclusively nudes, but she also painted quite a few portraits.

 

The generation of women artists formed by Vera Rockline, Tamara de Lempicka, Marie Laurencin, Chana Orloff, Sonia Delaunay and Natalia Gontcharova in the begining of the 20th century, proved that women could be not only models or muses but also outstanding artists.