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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September Silent Auction Two Works!

4089unframedVeniamin A. Safonov, "Crane", 15" x 16" 1970-80's, Oil on Board
Estimate for both paintings $4,000 to $5,000- FRAMED- Current Bid $1,500 by D. Miroshnik

Congratulations to P. Krokstedt who placed the winning bid of $2,750 for August's silent auction painting "Village Gorodische", by Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, estimated at $5,500- $6,500.

This month we are excited to present a special work "Sand Pit" by one of our exceptional and unique artists, Veniamin Alekseevich Safonov, estimated at $4,000 - $5,000. Of the hundreds of Russian artists we at the McCarthey Gallery have met and represented over the years, Veniamin Safanov is truly singular. The artist's brand of impressionism is a touch more abstract than most of his colleagues of the period. His thick paint, textured work and bright colors mark him as a favorite for both collectors and critics.

The current bid for the two Krieger-Rick's framed, paintings by a renowned artist is just $1,500! This is truly a rare opportunity to add very unique works of Abstract Impressionism to your collection.

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 Veniamin A. Safonov, "Lilac River", 10" x 19", 1970-80's, Oil on Canvas
Estimate for both paintings $4,000 to $5,000- FRAMED- Current Bid $1,500 by D. Miroshnik

As a Singular artist, Veniamin Safonov's works are instantly recognizable. Long, heavy strokes of the paint brush, bright colors, strong contrasts of light and shadow are characteristic of the artist's paintings.

Veniamin Safonov is a graduate of the internationally famed Moscow Surikov Institute, and a Member of the Union of Soviet Artists. His works are showcased in the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow) and other museums of the Russian Federation as well as favoring many private collections.

Rarely have we offered paintings by artists of Safonov's acclaim in our monthly silent auction. If you've never participated, this month is a great time to start. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a work that could easily be included in the collections of the top museums in Russia.

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. This is an exceptional opportunity to add a beautiful work by a noted artist to your collection. Estimated at $4,000 to $5,000, the current high bid is just $1,500! The next bid is $1,750, 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, Tuesday October 3rd. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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Veniamin Alekseevich Safanov, (1931- 2004)

Safanov was born in the Krasnaya Zarya Village (Orlovskaya Region, south of Moscow) in 1931. It was, and still is, a small community of fewer than 2,000 residents.

In his childhood, the artist survived three years of German occupation. One of the biggest battles of World War II (known to Russians as the "Great Patriotic War) was the Battle on the Orlovo-Kurskaya Arch, which took place near his village in 1943. This traumatic event made a deep impression on the young artist, and it remained with him for his entire life. At that time, the German Army was retreating to the West, burning everything in its path, including villages and farmland, and holding thousands of Russian people hostage.

When liberation finally came, the joy in the teenager's soul was mixed with the pain of loss, starvation, and ruin. During that difficult time, the young Veniamin took a great interest in drawing, and this influenced the remainder of his life.
Having graduated from the secondary school, he entered Art Collage in the Town of Orel. The young artist graduated from the Art College in 1951, at the age of 20. He then began his independent creative work.

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Featured Works for October!

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Kugach, Yuri Petrovich, "The Summer Evening"
6¼'' x 8¾'', 1957, Oil on Board, $4,500


Borisenkov, Vassily Pavlovich, "At the Karelian Isthmus"
13¾'' x 19¾'', 1980, Oil on Board, $750


Grachev, Mikhail Frolovich, "Old Water Tower"
19¾'' x 27½'', 1951, Oil on Board, $2,500 


Alexei Pavlovich Belykh, "Waterfront Rocks"
15¾'' x 22'', 1981, Oil on Canvas, $3,000


Rubinsky, Igor Pavlovich,"Mechanizators"
19¾'' x 27¾'', 1960, Oil on Canvas, $3,900

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!



230 South 500 West #225, Salt Lake City, UT 84101,
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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