Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

August 2017 Monthly Auction

Congratulations to J. Churchill who placed the winning bid of $1,250 for July's silent auction painting "Tauride Garden, St. Petersburg" by Margarita Kolobova, estimated at $3,000- $3,500.

As our August silent auction selection, we are pleased to present this beautiful landscape, "Village Gorodische", by Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, estimated at $5,500- $6,500. The current bid for this large, Krieger-Rick's 24 carat gold leaf framed, 1950's painting by a great artist is just $2,750! This is truly a rare opportunity to add a stunning work to your collection.

Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, like all the artists of his generation, was profoundly affected by the Great Patriotic War. The brutal attack on the Motherland that cost the country 20 million lives is the lens through which this generation of Russians sees life. For many artists, this leads to endless battle scenes and artistic documentation of the war. Krokholev takes another track. His response to the horror is just the opposite. Krokholev paints portraits and landscapes that are full of vigor, life and beauty. Krokholov writes in his journals that he paints to show the result of the sacrifice of the great war. He justifies the unimaginable pain. His paintings reflect the reason why everyone fought. The young beneficiaries of this unspeakable experience.

In this painting, "Village Gorodische", Piotr Serapionovich celebrates and captures a simple serene moment of this beautiful village on the banks of the Yulovka River.














Piotr S. Krokholev, "Village Gorodische", 22" x 32", 1955, Oil on Canvas
Estimate $5,500 to $6,500- FRAMED- Winning Bid $2,750 by P. Krokstedt

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 $5,500 to $6,500, the current high bid is just $2,750! The next bid is $3,000, 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 August 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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Piotr 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 to serve in 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 work.

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, Titian, El Greco, Van Deik and others.

"To paint means for me to portray our Motherland," says Krokholev. Krokholev paints pictures, portraits and landscapes vividly depicting his native land in all its beauty, history and present-day life. Land and its people are the main theme of P. Krokholev's paintings. His Organization of a Collective Farm in 1929 (1957), Land Collectivization (1967, a triptych), First Commune in Byelorussia (1969), Towards New Life (1972) reproduce very well the sweeping changes in the life of the Byelorussian village under collectivization. Former Marches (1958), Having Seen Off Those Leavings for the Front (1968). Before An Operational Sortie (1974) portray the feats of the people in the Great Patriotic War.

A great deal of the artist's pieces are portraits of collective farmers (Portrait of a Collective Farmer [1961], Portrait of a Herdsman [1962], Portrait of a Fishman [1949] and landscapes depicting the beautiful nature of the artist's native land, Early in April [1962], Birch Trees [1963], and Spring Vyacha River [1965]).

Instructor of the Byelorussian Institute of Theatrical Art (Minsk), P. Krokholev devoted much time and energy to educating young artists.

In 1970 Krokholev was awarded the title of the Merited Art Worker of the Byelorussian SSR.

Krokholev was a constant participant of All-Union, Republic and Region exhibitions. He participated in several international art exhibitions as well (China, Romania, England, Poland and Japan). His works are in the collection of the Byelorussian State Museum Mink, regional Russian Museums and the Springville Museum, USA.

Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, 1919- 1997

In 1939 he graduated from the Sverdlovsk Art College.
In 1952 he graduated from the Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Repin.
He worked in all genres of easel painting.
Since 1956, the Belarusian Union of Artists.
Since 1970 - Honored Artist of Belarus.
He taught at the Minsk Art School (1953-1956), the Belarusian Polytechnic Institute (1956-61), Belorussian Theatre and Art Institute (1961-1995). Professor (since 1982).
P.Kroholeva works are in the National Art Museum of Belarus, Museum of Modern Art in Minsk, the funds of the Belarusian Union of Artists, Mogilev Regional Art Museum. P.Maslennikova.

"Village Gorodische", 24 carat gold leaf Krieger-Ricks frame












"Village Gorodische", 24 carat gold leaf Krieger-Ricks framed



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
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Park City, Utah 84060
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