Congratulations to A. Poczter for placing the winning bid of $2,500 for March's silent auction painting, "The Open Window", by a graduate and later a professor at the famed Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Erik I. Rebane. Estimated at $3,500- 4,500.
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.
Engels V. Kozlov "Fruit with Russian Shawl" 21¼'' x 24¾'', 1991, Oil on Canvas Estimate $4,500- $5,500, Current Bid, $250, N. Nero
For our April silent auction we are pleased to present a beautifully painted work, "Ice on the River", by Sergei N. Vedeneeyev. Estimated at $4,500 to $5,500, The current high bid is just $2,750. Don't miss this is wonderful opportunity to add a great work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection.
Gallery partner, Jim Dabakis, noticed this month's auction painting and commented that the landscape was one of his favorite paintings. "It has a starkness combined with a fascinating composition and a color pallet that has a bite. Put it all together the the heavy brush strokes and you have a most interesting landscape that changes with the light and the season."
We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. Please 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.
Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 7:00 pm, Thursday April, 30th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.
Russian & Soviet Impressionism Russia's Rich Cultural Heritage
Russia'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.