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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January Silent Auction!

Krokholev Portrait of the Son

Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, "Portrait of the Son"
44" x 28, 1965, Oil on Canvas, 24 Carat Gold Leag Krieger-Ricks Frame
Estimated at $6,000 to $7,000, Current Bid $2,750 by K. Reni

Congratulations to J. Doti who placed the winning bid of $1,250 for December's silent auction painting "Park Near Palanga City", by Sergei Nikolaevich Vedeneyev, estimated at $3,000- $4,000.

As our January silent auction selection, we are pleased to present a wonderful portrait, "Portrait of the Son", by Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev. Estimated at $6,000- $7,000 the current bid for this large (44" x 28"), Krieger-Rick's 24 carat gold leaf framed painting by a great artist is just $2,750! This is truly a rare opportunity to add a stunning work to your collection.

In the Soviet Union there was no commercial art market- no private sales, no galleries, no art dealers. Artist's were employed by the State working through various Artist's Unions. The artists painted according to the officially approved doctrine of Socialist Realism. However, often times they disregarded what was then called the 'social order' and they painted what they wished.
Such was the case with Piotr S. Krokholev. His lifetime body of work was very official, following the tenets of Social Realism, but he also painted from his soul and as he wished.

Gallery partner Jim Dabakis remembers his first meeting with Piotr Krokholev in Minsk in the early 1990's.

"In his spacious studio, at first he brought out his official works. We then asked to see his works that he had painted for himself. He brought out 10 to 12 fantastic paintings one of which was the painting "Portrait of the Son". I asked about the painting and Piotr Krokholev explained that he had married very late in life due to the war and the devastation and disruption it caused. Because of that he feared that he would never be a father. The portrait was of his son on his 7th birthday and Piotr Krokholev had painted it as a celebration of his son, his family and his life. He had a several very personal paintings of his children, all masterfully painted from his heart.

I asked if he could part with two of the portraits, one of his son the other of his daughter, he said, "only if they will have a good home, but if you want to buy a collective farm painting, I don't care who gets the work.'

Piotr Krokholev said that the boy was resigned to being a model for his father but always required payment of ice cream after a sitting. In this painting, he caught his son's growing impatience, you can see a glint in his eyes toward the ice cream.

We agreed on the two paintings. As we were leaving, Piotr Serapionovich said that his son was now one of the leading cardiologists and medical professors in the USSR."

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids in December's auction.

"Portrait of the Son" is estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, the current high bid is just $2,750! The next bid is $3.000, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.

Note: This is a large painting at 44" x 29" framed. Depending on distance shipping/packing could be $200 or more. Free deliver in the Salt Lake area.

Bids will be taken via telephone, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Friday, February 1st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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FULL FRAMEDPiotr Serapionovich Krokholev, (1919- 1997)

Piotr Krokholev, a Minsk painter, Merited Art Worker of the Byelorussian Republic, was born on October 5, 1919 in the District of Shadrinsk of the Kurgan Region (Russia).

In 1933-1937 Krokholev studied at the Pedagogical College in the city of Sverdlovsk where the family moved to. In 1937 he entered the Sverdlovsk Art College and studied there only three years. In 1939 Krokholev was called up to the army. Krokholev was a participant of the Great Patriotic War.

On demobilizing, in 1945, Krokholev became a student of the Repin Institute (Leningrad). His teachers at the Institute were V. Oreshnikov, A. Mylnikov, I. Serebrjanny, Y. Neprintsev, B. Fogel. In 1952 he graduated from the Leningrad Repin Institute. The Arrest of T.G. Shevchenko in 1859 was his graduation picture.

Krokholev's creative activity is greatly influenced by the traditions of Russian art and such painters as V. Surkilov, Valendtin Serov, Mikhail Vrubel, Ilja Repin, Isaak Levitan, Ivan Shishkin and Titian, El Greco, Van Deik and others.

"To paint means for me to portray our Motherland," says

Featured Paintings

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


 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


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!



Mailing Address: 54 B Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Tel: 801.755.7072
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Hours: By appointment or 6- 9 pm for Gallery Stroll (the third Friday of every month)


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