Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

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.

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December Silent Auction!

1742 Katz LargeIlya Lvovich Katz, "Senezh"
24" x 31", 1948, Oil on Canvas
Estimated at 6,000 to $7,000- Framed, Winning Bid, $1,750 by A. Thompson

Congratulations to M. Roberts who placed the winning bid of $1,000 for November's silent auction painting, "Outskirts of the Village" by Mikhail V. Akinshin, estimated at $3,000 to $4,000.

As our December silent auction selection, we are thrilled to present one of the best works we've ever offered over the years and one perfect for the Holiday Season, "Senezh" by Ilya L. Katz.

Estimated at $6,000 to $7,000 and with a current bid of just $1,750. Works by Katz are often included in the major Russian art auctions in London, Moscow, Copenhagen and Helsinki.

Ilya L. Katz is a renowned landscape painter, one of the original masters of Soviet art and a key representative of the Southern Russian School. He graduated from the renowned Repin Academy where he won several student honors. His talent was noticed early and he was tutored by the top professors. His work is included in the collections of numerous Russia's museums including the famed Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Finished in 1948, "Senezh" is a landscape gem. The scene is of a dacha near Senezh Lake, about 60 kilometers outside Moscow. The painting is especially interesting as the artist began working on it in 1945 upon his demobilization from the Red Army and emotional reunion with his family at this Senezh Lake dacha after the long destructive WWII.

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 highly acclaimed artist to your collection or perhaps for that perfect holiday gift.

Estimated at $6,000 to $7,000, the current high bid is just $1,750! The next bid is $2,000, 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, Friday December 29th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

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KatzILYA LVOVICH KATZ -(1908-1991)
Ilya L. Katz is a representative of the older generation of masters of Soviet art. He was born and grew up in Odessa Ukraine. Katz began his art training at the Odessa Art Institute in 1929 where his first teachers were the masters of Ukrainian art AF Gaush and TB Fraerman.

Katz then transfered to the famed Leningrad Academy of Art named after I. E. Repin, where he studied under the guidance of professors A.M. Tkachev, T.B. Fraerman, and A.F. Gaush. His diploma work was carried out under the instruction of Yuli R. Bershadski. Creatively I. Katz is a synthesis of classical Russian art and French "Cezannistov."

In the late 1930"s Katz was appointed chief artist of the Museum-reserve "Mikhailovskoe" and he began exhibiting in 1938. He took part in the "All Union Exhibition of Young Artists Dedicated to the Twentieth Anniversary of the VLKSM" in Moscow in 1939.

The war for Katz began in 1939, when he was drafted into the Red Army and participated in the liberation of Western Belorussia. Later he fought in the Great Patriotic War as an anti-tank gun commander during Battle of Stalingrad, the demobilization in 1945 and the return to Moscow. Katz received several medals for his service.

After the war, Katz became a member of the Artist's Union (1948). He spent time traveling around the Soviet Union, and these trips were the inspiration for his specialization in seascapes and landscapes. Katz was also a graphic artist, and produced several series of monotypes in the 1960's and participated in the decoration of pavilions at the great All-Union Agricultural Exhibitions of 1938 and 1953. One of his most important exhibits in which he participated was "Soviet Russia" in Moscow in 1960. Additionally, Katz's showed his genius in one-man shows in 1972 and 1987 in Moscow.

Works of the artist are in the Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, the Museum of contemporary history of Russia Moscow, Central Museum of the Revolution Moscow, the Radyshev Art Museum Saratov, the Vorkuta Local History Museum and in many regional museums and private collections. Katz died in 1991.

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Holiday Discounts, 25% to 60% Off, View all Works!  


Veniamin A. Safonov, "Winter Village"
25" x 33", 1970's, Oil on Board, $4,900 - 25% / $1,225, = $3,675


Vedeneyev, Sergei Nikolaevich, "Port of Klaipeda"
9'' x 27ΒΌ'', 1971, Oil on Board, $3,500 - 50% / $1,750 = $1,750

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Vladimir V. Filippov, "Sunny Day"
23" x 35", 2011, Oil on Canvas, $5,500 - 40% / $2,200 = $3,300 Framed


Ivan N. Stasevich, "Baikal Lake, Fisherman Working"
13" x 17", 1956, Oil on Board, 6,000 - 40% / $2,400 = $3,600


Vladimir V. Goltsov, "Green May"
19" x 26", 1976, Oil on Canvas, $4,500 - 60% / $2,700 = $1,800


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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