Vera Schlezinger Rockline was born in Moscow in 1896.
She was a student of Alexandra Exter in Kiev before
moving to Paris.
Rockline arrived in Paris shortly after World War One, and settled in
the Montparnasse district. She began exhibiting in Paris in 1922 at
the Salon des Indépendants. She also exhibited at the Salon d’Automne,
and the Salon des Tuileries.
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, she was recently included the an exhibition at the
Musée du Montparnasse 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.