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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February Silent Auction!

2542Alexander Georgievich Gulyaev, "March"
17" x 23", 1984, Oil on Canvas
Estimate, 4,000 to $5,000, Winning Bid 2,750 B. Huppe

Alexander Georgievich spent his childhood summers on the Barguzin River. It is more than 300 miles long and one of the most beautiful and pristine in Russia. The Barguzin River flows into Lake Baikal, which has the largest volume of freshwater in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world's unfrozen surface of fresh water. Lake Baikal is also the deepest lake in the world at 5,387 feet. Alexander Georgievich, a bit of a historian noted that lake Baikal is also the oldest lake in the world at 25 million years.

Alexander Georgievich had special fondness for this part of Russia. His love for the landscape is evident in the works he painted here. Alexander Georgievich saw magic on the banks of the lake and river and never got over his excitement for the Lake and the topography.

In the painting, "March", Alexander Georgievich portrays a riverside dacha where the Barguzin River meets the largest Bay on Lake Baikal, Barguzin Bay. The spot is a favorite place for boats to meet and exchange cargo.

We are pleased to offer this opportunity to our Gallery clients. This painting would make an exceptional addition to any collection or a great painting to start your collection. We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month.

Estimated at $4,000 to $5,000, the current high bid is just $2,250. The next bid is $2,500, followed by minimum bidding increments of $250. Remember, there is no reserve, at the end of the auction the high bid wins! To ensure you don't miss out on a great painting due to a last minute bid, be sure to place a maximum bid.

Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Wednesday, February 28th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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Aleksander Georgievich Gulyaev was born on September 11, 1917 in Rubtsovsk, Altai Territory. In 1932, Gulyaev graduated from middle school and the following year entered the Tashkent Trade School of Arts. After studying under A.N. Volkov, V.P. Markova and M.I. Kurzin, Gulyaev progressed in 1937 to the Russian National Academy of Arts (Repin) Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture in St. Petersburg. There he studied under the instruction of E.M. Cheptsov, I.P. Stepashkin and L.F. Ovsianikov.

Gulyaev voluntarily joined the Red Army in 1941 to fight the Germans in W.W.II. He received the Patriotic War Order and eleven medals, including the Labor Veteran Medal, for his service during the war. After he was wounded, Gulyaev was demobilized in December of 1942 and resumed his study at the Academy of Arts.

Gulyaev graduated from A.A. Osmerkin's workshop at the Repin Institute in 1946. His Diploma work was a painting "Minn and Pozharsky" that now belongs to the Academy of Art. In the same year he entered the Leningrad Union of Artists. Soon afterward, he became a member of the Russian Artists' Union. Gulyaev participated in numerous national, republican, zonal and local exhibits in St. Petersburg.

Gulyaev began exhibiting while still a student, taking part in summer exhibitions from 1939-41, then at an exhibition of Diploma works and at the Union of Artists after 1949. Gulyaev exhibited in All-Russia, Republican, Regional, local spring and summer exhibitions. He also took part in "Our Contemporary" exhibition, dedicated to the Soviet Army and breakthrough of the Leningrad Blockade. For his painting "On the Direct Line", he was nominated for the Stalin Prize in 1953.

Gulyaev's works are held in museum collections throughout St. Petersburg and Russia, as well as in many private collections in Russia and abroad, including the Pavlodar Art Museum, Vladivostock Art Museum, Turkemenian National Art Gallery, Museum of Revolution in Leningrad, Baltyisk Arine Museum, Museum of Radio Communications, Art Fund Collection of Russia, and the Ministry of Culture and Astronomy Institute in Leningrad and the Springville Musuem of Art. He was awarded twelve Government Medals and Orders. Gulyaev's paintings are often sold through international auction houses such as: Sotheby's, Arcole (Paris), Blache (Grenoble), Phillips (London), Bonhams (London).

Aleksander Georgievich Gulyaev died in1995.

Russia: History and Arts of an Empire- Moscow, Suzdal, Vladimir and St. Petersburg

Private, Small Group Tour, August 25 to September 4, 2018     Full Details


 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


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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