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.
January Silent Auction
As our January silent auction selection, we are pleased to present this wonderful work, "Woman's Portrait", by Piotr Serapionovich Krokholev, estimated at $5,500- $6,500.
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 genre portraits 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, "Woman's Portrait", Piotr Serapionovich celebrates a simple serene moment and the simple beauty of this young woman.
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 $1,250! The next bid is $1,500, 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, January 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.
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 , Portrait of a Herdsman , Portrait of a Fishman  and landscapes depicting the beautiful nature of the artist's native land, Early in April , Birch Trees , and Spring Vyacha River ).
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.
Featured Winter Works!
Ilya Lvovich Katz, "Senezh" 24" x 31", 1948, Oil on Canvas
Victor Nikolaevich Butko, "The Terrace.The Early Snow"
Vladimir Viktorovich Filippov, "Sunny Day"
Veniamin Alekseevich Safonov, "Winter Village"
Feodor Vasilievich Shapaev, "Country Doctor (variant) 41" x 55", 1964-67, Oil on Canvas $45,000 -10% / $4,500 = $39,500
Yuri Alexandrovich Smirnov, "Evening Sun'
Russian & Soviet Impressionism
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,
Hours: By appointment or 6- 9 pm for Gallery Stroll (the third Friday of every month)