Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

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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

Gladiolas- Elena ShegalElena Grigorevna Shegal, "Gladiolas"
26" x 18", 1960, Oil on Board, 24 carat gold leaf Krieger-Ricks frame
Estimate $3,500 to $4,500, Current Bid $2,000 L. Fatherree

Congratulations to J. Sternberg who placed the winning bid of $1,250 for April's silent auction painting "Still Life with Eggplants", by Engels V. Kozlov, estimated at $3,000-$4,000.

As our May silent auction selection, we are pleased to present a beautiful floral still life, "Gladiola's", by Elena Grigorevna Shegal, estimated at $3,500- $4,500.

Elena Grigorievna Shegal (1924-1979) was an important artist in the Soviet era of Russian art. She is included in the circle of the most influential women artists of 20th century Russian art.

Her father, Grigory M. Shegal, was a major artist and professor. She studied at both the Moscow State Art Institute and later in the prestigious Surikov Institute in Moscow as one of the students of the great Soviet master Sergey Gerasimov.

She was a member of the Union of Artists of the USSR since 1949. She took part in all-Union, republican and Moscow exhibitions from 1949 to 1978. She was a major force in the art of the Soviet Union for a generation.

Much of her work is portraiture but this vital still-life shows why she was well respected for the spontaneity and vigor of her landscapes and studio work as well. She records that she had returned to Moscow from a long week-end at the Dacha (country house) with a bouquet of Gladiolas. She put them in a vase and her portrait model was late so she began work on "making the beautiful flowers she has taken from her garden live forever".

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 $3,500 to $4,500, the current high bid is just $2,000! The next bid is $2,250, 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 JUNE 1st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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Elena Grigorevna Shegal, (1924-1979)

Daughter of renowned artist Grigory Mikhaylovich Shegal, 1889-1956.

Elena G. Shegal was born in Moscow, where she enrolled in the famous Moscow Surikov Art Institute (1939). Her first teachers were Pochitalov B. and Grigory M. Shegal her father. In 1949 she Graduated from The Surikov, Moscow State Art Institute. At the Surikov her workshop was under S. Gerasimov (1949), her teachers were Chekmazov IV and V. Tabor. She was a Member of the USSR Union of Artist (1949). She Participated in numerous Union, Republican and Moscow exhibitions. She worked mainly in the genre of portraiture and genre painting. Her works are always characterized by emotional and psychological aspect and she contributed greatly to the development of the portrait genre.

Paintings of the artist are in the museum of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater Museum, National art museums in the cities of Bryansk, Vladimir, and Kamyshino, as well as in private collections in Russia and abroad: Germany, France, Japan, USA.

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Featured Works from the Treasure Chest!


Vladimir A. Vasin, "Moscow View", 9" x 14", 1970, Oil on Board, $780


Alexander V. Kushnirenko, "Spring Day"
12" x 26", 1961, Oil on Board $900 unframed


Margarita Kolobova, "Perast-Light Day"
17" x 25", 2012, Oil on Canvas, $780 framed 

 9972N2500Victor K. Gaiduk, "Spring Colors"
19" x 27", 1970's, Oil on Board, $550 unframed

 9950Pavel Y. Eremenko, "Fields"
15" x 19", 1970's, Oil on Board, $300 unframed

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
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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