Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

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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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October Silent Auction!

1540 Akinshin Outskirts of the VillageMikhail V. Akinshin, "Outskirts of the Village"
28" x 19", 1964, Oil on Board
Estimated at $3,000 to $4,000- Framed, Current Bid $500 by D. Miroshnik

As our November silent auction selection, we are pleased to present a wonderful landscape, "Outskirts of the Village" by one of the premier landscape artists of the second half of the twentieth century, Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin. Estimated at $3,000 to $4,000 the current bid is just $500!

Akinshin had a unique ability to capture people as well as the beautiful landscapes of village life. He painted the countryside with emotion and reverence, always full of truth and integrity. Akinshin captured the gentility, vastness and living breath of the countryside of his native Ukraine and Uzbekistan where he studied.

For Akinshin's collectors, his work with local landscapes provides a special touch--capturing the particular light and landmarks of nature. Finding the local peculiarities and uniqueness of landscapes--became the main genre of his creative work.

In this work Akinshin combines the spontaneity of a one time plein air outing together with the bright, particularly Ukrainian, colors that are noted in many artists of the period. Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin brings a vibrancy and spirit to this piece which marks it as a classic.

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. This is a rare chance to add a beautiful work by a highly regarded artist to your collection. Estimated at $3,000 to $4,000, the current high bid is just $500! The next bid is $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, Thursday November 30th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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Akinshin, Mikhail Vasilievich, (1927-1982)

-Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin was born on the 18th February,1927 in the Kursk region (Russia).
-In 1951, he graduated from the Tashkent Art School.
-In 1953 he moved to Zaporozhye, Ukraine
-In 1962 he graduated from Kiev State Art Institute.
-Since 1965, Akinshin participated in numerous regional and national art exhibitions.
-In 1968, he became a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR.
-In 2012, at the Zaporozhye Regional Art Museum was held the exhibition of the paintings by Akinshin "From Voznesenka to Samarkand", dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the painter's birth.
-Paintings by Akinshin are imbued with philosophical calmness and wisdom.
-He died on the 22th July,1982.
-Akinshin is listed in "A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Paintings, 1900
-1980", by Matthew Cullerne Brown.
-Artworks by Akinshin are represented in museum and private collections in Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, France, Switzerland, UK, USA and Canada.

Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin, (1927- 1982)
Zaporozhye, Ukraine, (Translated from the original Russian)

Mikhail Vasilievich Akinshin was born on February 18, 1927 in the village Lomovo, Kursk Region into a peasant's family. In 1951 M.V. Akinshin finished the Tashkent Art School. For a year he taught drawing at school. In 1953 he moved to the town of Zaporozhye and since this time has worked as a professional artist.

The artist travels often and has visited many places of our country. Everywhere, he tries to see and reproduce characteristic features of the terrain and its coloring. At the same time, M.V. Akinshin emphasizes skillfully his creative projects and in doing so retains peculiarities of his pictorial vision. The artist is especially carried away with diversity of our life, with fast rhythms and dynamics of contemporaneous. Probably, because of this, the local landscape became the main genre of his creative work.

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Featured Works!

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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
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Hours: By appointment or 6- 9 pm for Gallery Stroll (the third Friday of every month)


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