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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October Silent Auction!

V.M. Sabov Music Lesson

V. M. Sabov, "The Music Lesson"
27" x 27", 1962, Oil on Canvas, Unframed
Estimate $2,500 to $3,500, Current Bid $750 by L. Williams

Congratulations to J. Nelson who placed the winning bid of $1,500 for September's silent auction painting, "Sunflowers in Bloom", by Grigory P. Matsegora, estimated at $3,000- $4,000.

For this month's auction painting we present "The Music Lesson" by noted Ukrainian artist, Vasily Mikhailovich Sabov. Estimated at $2,500 to $3,500 the current bid is just $750!

Sabov had a unique ability to capture people as well as the beautiful landscapes and village life of his native Ukraine. He considered the most important thing in his art the reflection of life through his own vision. A keen observer of people, Sabov devoted much of his time painting genre portraits. He especially enjoyed spending time with students and these encounters became the inspiration for many of his paintings, including this months auction selection "The Piano Lesson".

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 $2,500 to $3,500, the current high bid is just $750. The next bid is $1,000, 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, Thursday, October 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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vmnVasily Mikhailovich Sabov, 1938- 2007

Born May 22, 1938 in the a small village in the Beregovsky district of the Transcarpathian region.

In 1959 he graduated from the decorative painting department of the Uzhgorod College of Applied Arts. Teachers in the specialty were: Medvetsky M.V., Kontratovich E.P., Berets V.I., Manailo F.F., Shepa A.M.

A member of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine since 1970. Participant of art exhibitions: regional - since 1961, All-Ukrainian - since 1968, All-Union - since 1969, foreign - since 1976. Member of international open airs.
The artist's works are included in the collections of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture and Arts of Ukraine.
Personal exhibition: 1975 - Uzhgorod.

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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!



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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Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery
444 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060
Tel: 435-658-1691