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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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May Silent Auction!

3065a Krantz The First Green Leaves

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The First Green Leaves"
19¾'' x 27½'', (50 x 70 cm)
1975, Oil on Board, Framed
Estimated at $5,500 to $6,500, Winning Bid $3,750 by M. Lee

For our May silent auction, we are pleased to offer a rare work, and one that celebrates the beauty of the Spring Season, "The First Green Leaves" by one of the great Russian landscape painters, Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz, estimated at $5,500 to $6,500

Spring has always held a romantic place in the hearts of the Russian people. After the long, cold, dark, Russian winter the arrival of warm rays of sunshine and the first sprouts of green leaves was a cause for celebration. For countless generations, Russians have celebrated the departure of the cold and dark and the arrival of the warmth and green by heading out to their country side dacha's and gathering with family and friends.

With "The First Green Leaves", Krantz is celebrating that annual pilgrimage of spring, reminding us of the optimism and opportunity that emerge with the crocus and first buds of the birch trees.

Krantz painted almost exclusively landscapes and was a true master of the "lyrical landscape", a genre in which the landscape becomes a mirror for human emotions.

Krantz considered Nature as his main teacher and was drawn to the simple beauty of the Northern Russian forests and the seascapes of the Crimea. He preferred painting "ala prima," finishing his landscapes in one day. He painted with a unique eye towards nature's mystery, and his works rivet the eye by their romantic mood and masterful technique. Krantz had a special gift for capturing the special light that filters the Russian wilderness, each season bringing its own distinct glow and drawing the viewer into the landscape.

This is one of the few times we have offered a museum quality work by a highly respected and important artist in the silent auction.

Estimated at $5,500 to $6,500, the current high bid is just 2,500! The next bid is $2,750, 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, June 1st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

Note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid, you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute.

KrantzVladimir Pavlovich Krantz
(1913-2003) Mozdok, Northern Caucasia

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz was born February 17, 1913, in Mozdok, North Caucasus. His mother's origin was Cossack, and his father came from nobility. His ancestor, German-born Von Rosen Krantz, was exiled to the Caucasus after the December uprising in Petersburg in 1825.

Krantz showed his talent early when he began studying at the atelier of a local painter, A. Turbin. After finishing secondary school, he worked as a draftsman and received a recommendation to the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Just before the entrance exams, Krantz showed his sketches to the rector of the Academy, Isaak Brodsky, a prominent Soviet artist, who saw his talent and gladly admitted Krantz to the Academy.

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August 2021
Russia: History and Arts Tour , 12 Days- Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring,
August 2021.  Details shortly

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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