Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

Welcome to The McCarthey Gallery

The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery is one of the foremost dealers in the United States dealing with Russian Impressionistic art.  The Gallery maintains an extensive inventory of collectible works by Russia's most respected artists during the period of 1930 to 1980.  The Gallery carefully selects paintings that are historically significant, original in composition, interesting in form and beautiful in their depiction of the human spirit.  We have been working in Russia for many years and have developed close personal relationships with many of the artists and their families.  Together with our associated gallery in Russia, Dacha Art, and our Russian partners, we maintain extremely close ties with the arts community in Russia and the former Soviet republics.  In addition to our Russian specialization, the TKM Gallery is proud to work with talented artists from other countries who have the spirit of the Russian art.

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June Silent Auction

9510wVictor N. Butko, "Forget Me Nots"
24'' x 36'', 2002, Oil on Canvas
Estimated Value- $4,500- $5,500, Winning Bid, $4,250, C. Ball

For our May silent auction we are pleased to present a beautiful still life by As our June auction choice, we are pleased to present a great work for summer, "Forget Me Nots" by Victor Nikolaevich Butko, valued at $4,500- $5,500. Victor Butko is one of the Gallery's favorite painters and one of Russia's most talented up-and-coming artists.

Victor Nikolaevich Butko is a long time friend of the gallery and comes from a great family of Russian artists. Victor came to our attention as a student of the Tkachev Brothers and Grigori Chaianikov at the Academic Dacha where he studied under the great masters. He is the next generation of Russian impressionistic artists and the the heir to a legacy of greatness in Russian Impressionistic art. Butko paints in the tradition of his ancestors, with exquisite artistry and sensitivity, portraying the special beauty of his country's landscape and its people. His paintings are ripe for the seasoned collector or to begin building a collection.

We are thrilled to offer this rare opportunity to our Gallery clients to add this beautiful painting to their collection. A similar work by Victor Butko was sold recently at the Gallery for $5,700.

Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 6:00 pm, Tuesday June 30th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

Please note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute.

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About the Artist

The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery is pleased and honored to be able to represent the work of Victor N. Butko, scion of a great family of Russian artists. In the tradition of his ancestors, Butko paints with exquisite artistry and sensitivity, portraying the special beauty of his country's landscape and its people.

From early childhood, Victor Nikolaevish Butko was involved in the creative work of his family. His first art lessons, which formed his professional vision, were given by his parents. His grandfather also greatly influenced his work, especially landscapes. Butko's still life painting style was developed from exposure to an incredible collection of object to be found in the family's studio. There was a collection of antique items, which his grandfather had brought from numerous trips around the country: Russian and Uzbek samovars, wicker baskets to pick berries and mushrooms, pitchers, jugs, etc. Butko painted from them for his first still-life works.

Victor Nikolaevich Butko is the youngest Russian artist the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery has ever represented. We are proud to have his art in our Gallery, as Victor is the heir to a legacy of greatness in Russian Impressionistic art. It was almost five years ago that legendary Russian artists Alexei and Sergei Tkachev introduced us to Victor Butko. The Tkachevs have known Victor since he was a child. Butko comes from a family of artists. Victor's grandfather and mother have received many honors as artists and they participated in exhibitions around the world. Young Butko spent summers at the family country house at the village of Academic Dacha. The Academic Dacha is half way between St. Petersburg and Moscow and has been a summer painting refuge for generations of Russian artists. It is here that, at eight years of age, Butko was first noticed by the grand patriarch brothers of Russian Impressionism. The Tkachevs closely followed the development and career of Victor guiding and mentoring him along the way.

On one of our many visits to Academic Dacha, the brothers invited us to meet Victor. As a delegation, we went to the small house and studio of the Butko family. Grigoriy Chainikov joined us. Completely unannounced, we knocked on the door. The young artist was surprised and a bit embarrassed by the attention. Taking charge, Sergei Tkachev began grabbing Butko's paintings and extolling the talent of the young, red-faced artist. Tkachev said that Butko's work was the next generation of greatness. Following the work of the brothers, then Grigoriy Chainikov, the mantle of Russian Impressionism would fall to Victor. Tkachev added, he was quite comfortable with leaving the burden of Russian Impressionism in the talented hands of Victor Nikolaevich Butko. That was the day that we, of the Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery, invited Victor Butko to be our partner. Ever since, then he has been growing as an artist and creating new jewels in the tradition of Russian Impressionism. Unquestionably he is fulfilling the prophecy of Sergei Tkachev.

New Works For Spring- Susette Gertsch!


Gertsch, Susutte, "Masters Garden V"
36'' x 48'', 2014, Oil on Linen, $3,650


Gertsch, Susutte "Masters Garden V"
36'' x 48'', 2014, Oil on Linen, $3,650


Gertsch, Susutte, "Hollyhocks"
24'' x 30'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,375


 Gertsch, Susutte, "Awaiting the Bouquet"
30'' x 40'', 2015, Oil on Canvas, $2,275

Russian & Soviet Impressionism
Russia's Rich Cultural Heritage

impressionism-homeRussia's rich cultural heritage represents the best of human creativity. Its literature, music, visual and performing arts and architecture are among the most profound, compelling and beautiful expressions of the human spirit.

Much of this rich heritage is well known in the United States, such as the writing of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, the music of Peter Tchaikovsky, Serge Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky, the painting of Ilya Repin and Vassily Kadinsky, the architecture of the Kremlin and State Hermitage Museum and the dance of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Less well known in this tradition of creativity is the painting of the Russian Impressionist period, lasting from approximately 1930 to 1980. Russian Impressionism made an important contribution to the cultural heritage of Russia, but until recently, little has been known of its beauty and quality and its leading artists because of Soviet isolationism. During this period much of the cultural life in the Communist Soviet Union was denied Western exposure. The demise of Communism, the lifting of the Iron Curtain and the movement towards freedom and democracy of the newly formed Commonwealth of Independent States has allowed the world the opportunity to experience a unique and important historical past through the art work.

It is now being collected and recognized by art historians, museum directors, curators and collectors as some of the best art produced in the twentieth century. 

"Soviet Impressionism"- Vern G. Swanson

From a unique set of circumstances that would be impossible to duplicate, Soviet Art from 1930 to 1980 was the 20th century's major realist school of painting. It powerfully expresses itself with a simple clarity of pictorial language, consummate adeptness and truthful portrayal of life. The Soviet artist acted as a willing collaborator with and portrayer of the aspirations of society. This contrasted with Western models where artists were typically alienated from their community. Acceptance will come, using the Soviet phrase, because it is "historically inevitable". It is already to a certain extent here with the pictures from the period increasingly passing through the sale rooms of Europe and North America. This book should give wider understanding of this underrated but artistically exciting movement in Soviet art.

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Great Summer Works- Victor Gaiduk!


Gaiduk, Victor K. "Summer Landscape"
15¾'' x 23½'', Oil on Board, $1,100 


Gaiduk, Victor K., "Spring Tree"
9¾'' x 31½'', Oil on Board, $1,200


Gaiduk, Victor K., Summer Pond
23½'' x 31½'', Oil on Board,$1,500


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Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery
444 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060
Tel: 435-658-1691