Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

May 2017 Monthly Auction

Congratulations to J. Sternberg who placed the winning bid of $1,250 for April's silent auction painting "Still Life with Eggplants", by Engels V. Kozlov, estimated at $3,000-$4,000.

As our May silent auction selection, we are pleased to present a beautiful floral still life, "Gladiola's", by Elena Grigorevna Shegal, estimated at $3,500- $4,500.

Elena Grigorievna Shegal (1924-1979) was an important artist in the Soviet era of Russian art. She is included in the circle of the most influential women artists of 20th century Russian art.

Her father, Grigory M. Shegal, was a major artist and professor. She studied at both the Moscow State Art Institute and later in the prestigious Surikov Institute in Moscow as one of the students of the great Soviet master Sergey Gerasimov.

She was a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1949. She took part in all-Union, republican and Moscow exhibitions from 1949 to 1978. She was a major force in the art of the Soviet Union for a generation.

Much of her work is portraiture but this vital still-life shows why she was well respected for the spontaneity and vigor of her landscapes and studio work as well. For this painting she remembered that she had returned to Moscow from a long week-end at the Dacha (country house) with a bouquet of Gladiolas. She put them in a vase and her portrait model was late so she began work on "making the beautiful flowers she had taken from her garden live forever".

Gladiolas- Elena Shegal















Elena Grigorevna Shegal, "Gladiolas"
26" x 18", 1960, Oil on Board, 24 carat gold leaf Krieger-Ricks frame
Estimate $3,500 to $4,500, Current Bid $2,000 L. Fatherree

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 $3,500 to $4,500, the current high bid is just $2,000! The next bid is $2,250, 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, JUNE 1st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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Elena Grigorevna Shegal, (1924-1979)

Daughter of renowned artist Grigory Mikhaylovich Shegal, 1889-1956.

Elena G. Shegal was born in Moscow, where she enrolled in the famous Moscow Surikov Art Institute (1939). Her first teachers were Pochitalov B. and Grigory M. Shegal her father. In 1949 she Graduated from The Surikov, Moscow State Art Institute. At the Surikov her workshop was under S. Gerasimov (1949), her teachers were Chekmazov IV and V. Tabor. She was a Member of the USSR Union of Artist (1949). She Participated in numerous Union, Republican and Moscow exhibitions. She worked mainly in the genre of portraiture and genre painting. Her works are always characterized by emotional and psychological aspect and she contributed greatly to the development of the portrait genre.

Paintings of the artist are in the museum of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater Museum, National art museums in the cities of Bryansk, Vladimir, and Kamyshino, as well as in private collections in Russia and abroad: Germany, France, Japan, USA.


Auction Rules

A fun new tradition at the TKM Gallery, every month we select a painting and hold a no reserve silent auction.  Over the months there have been some 'steals' and some bidding wars but no matter the outcome, it has been exciting for our Russian art collectors.

You can print the form, and either fax the completed form to (435-658-1730) or send a simple e-mail containing the information on the bid form via e-mail to

Please be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email address.

In the case of identical bids, the Gallery will give precedence to the first one received, so it is to your advantage to indicate a maximum bid, and to submit your bid as early as possible.

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