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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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February Silent Auction!

Krantz Frosty Day 1Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Frosty Day"
14" x 21", 1964, Oil on Board, Unframed
Estimate $6,000- $7,000, Winning Bid, A. Grodin

Congratulations to K. Reni who placed the winning bid of $2,750 for "Portrait of the Son", by Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, estimated at $6,000- $7,000.

For our February silent auction, we are pleased to offer a rare work by one of the great Russian landscape painters, "The Frosty Day" by Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz.

Krantz was a master of the lyrical landscape and considered Nature as a his main teacher. He was drawn to the simple beauty of the Northern Russian forests and the seascapes of the Crimea. He painted with a unique eye towards nature's mystery, and his works rivet the eye by their romantic mood and masterful technique. He had a special gift for capturing the special light that filters the Russian wilderness, each season bringing its own distinct glow and drawing the viewer into the landscape.

This is one of the few times we have offered a museum quality work by a highly respected and important artist in the silent auction. Estimated at $6,000 to $7,000 with a current bid of just $3,250, this is indeed a rare opportunity not to miss!

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids 's last month. Estimated at $6,000 to $7,000, the current high bid is just $3,250! The next bid is $3,500, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins!

Bids will be taken via telephone, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Thursday, February 28th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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krantz fotoVladimir Pavlovich Krantz (1913-2003) Mozdok, Northern Caucasia

The lyrical landscape is the genre of painting that evokes reciprocal feeling in every Russian, especially if it is done in such brilliant manner as that of Vladimir Krantz. The life itself made him an artist. He was lucky not to be forced painting in an official formal manner, glorifying the socialist labor. The artist simply polished his brushwork, developed his coloring working hard, nevertheless staying an amateur for the bureaucrats of the Soviet art. Being an "amateur" at that time meant to be free in choice to paint landscapes - the genre that was not greeted by the authorities. The most preferable were large multi-figural pictures depicting social life or historical events.

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz was born in Mozdok, Chechnya in 1913. His mother's origin was Cossack, and his father came from nobility. His ancestor, German born Von Rosen Krantz, was sent in exile to the Caucasus after the December uprising in Petersburg in 1825.

The artist showed his talent in early years when he studied at the atelier of a local painter, A. Turbin. After finishing the secondary school he worked as a draftsman and got a recommendation to the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (Petersburg). Just before the entrance exams, V. Krantz showed his sketches to the rector of the Academy, a prominent Soviet artist Isaak Brodsky and met with his approval.

Unfortunately, the serious disease typhoid prevented him from entering the Academy that year. And in 1935 he successfully passed the exams to the Architectural Faculty of the Civil Engineering Institute in 1940. After graduating, he worked as an artist-decorator and painted in oils independently.

After World War II he returned to his work in the Painting and Design Group of Enterprises in Leningrad and perfected his art at the atelier of S. Nevelstein. He set himself high standards and purposefully painted from nature again and again. One of his most favorite places was the ancient Russian town of Staraja Ladoga in the Petersburg Region. The pictures painted there gained a great success during the first Krantz one-man show in 1967 and in 1973 he joined the Russian Artists' Union, thus giving up the work of decorator.

Featured Paintings

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Valentin P. Khohrin, "Building New Houses
"36" x 61", 1951, Oil on Canvas $15,000

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 Ilya Lvovich Katz, "Senezh"
24" x 31", 1948, Oil on Canvas, $2,500

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Vladimir Viktorovich, Filippov, "Sunny Day"
23" x 35", 2011, Oil on Canvas 4,500

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Boris A. Nepomnyaschy, "Babushki Sewing"
19" x 22", Oil on Board $2,800

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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New Salt Lake City Gallery & Wharehouse

Good News! We are now fully settled into our new Gallery and Warehouse in downtown Salt Lake City and are ready to show you some great Russian Impressionist art. The majority of the works in the new Gallery have never been exhibited before!

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Mailing Address: 54 B Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
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Hours: By appointment or 6- 9 pm for Gallery Stroll (the third Friday of every month)

 

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