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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May Silent Auction!

All auction proceeds plus a matching donation will go to help Deti Nashi, a Russian charity assisting orphans and abandoned children. These children are some of the most vulnerable in the best of times. COVID-19 pandemic has caused an acute funding crisis for basic life-saving services.

1669w Smirnov Portrait of the Doctor Serebrennikova

Yuri A. Smirnov, "Portrait of the Doctor Serebrennikova
35" x 26", 1974, Oil on Canvas
Estimated at $2,000 to $3,000- unframed, Current Bid $750 by J. Nelson

Congratulations to C. Crowson who placed the winning bid of $1,250 for Aprils's silent auction painting, "Spring on the Dubrovka River" by Vladimir V. Filippov, Estimated at $4,000 to $5,000.

As our May silent auction we have chosen a very special painting, "Portrait of the Doctor Serebrennikova" by noted Ukrainian artist Yuri Alexandrovich Smirnov, estimated at $2,000 - $2,000. We chose this painting as a way to honor all the Frontline workers and heroes worldwide who are who are fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, even more important and perhaps a more meaningful way to honor all those who are on the frontlines for us is to do our part and give back. This month will donate and then match 100% of the proceeds from May's auction to the charity ???? ????/ Deti Nashi or in English, "Our Children".

Russia's charities and NGOs are facing an acute funding crisis as businesses and individuals have drastically cut charitable donations and lock-downs have disrupted social care networks. Last week Russian NGO's sent out a desperate plea for help via the press and social media networks #IfThereAreNoFunds.

One of the most vulnerable groups in Russia are the more than 650,000 orphaned and abandoned children, one of the highest numbers worldwide. For the last 12 years "Our Children" has been working to ensure that as many children as possible are given the opportunity to live in loving homes, receive a quality education, develop as well-rounded individuals and participate fully in society. In this time of special need we are honored to assist in their efforts.

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 $2,000 to $3,000, 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!

Bids will be taken via telephone, or e-mail until 7:00 pm MST, Tuesday, June 2nd. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's website.

Note that you may place a maximum bid and the Gallery will bid on your behalf up to your maximum. By placing a maximum bid you will be assured you are not out bid at the last minute.

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Yuri Aleksandrovich Smirnov b. 1925
Soviet Ukrainian painter. Member of the USSR Union of Artists.
Translated from the original Russian

Yuri Aleksandrovich Smirnov was born July 13, 1925 in the city of Kharkov. His education began in the Kharkov Art College. After the war he entered the faculty of the Kharkov Art Institute. His teachers were MG Deregus and PI Kotov. He graduated from the institute in 1951.

Since 1953 he participated in many regional and republican art exhibitions. He became a member of the USSR Union of Artists in 1964.

In 1977 in Zaporozhye a personal exhibition of the artist took place.
Works by Smirnov are represented in museums, galleries and private collections in Ukraine, Russia and abroad.

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Russia: History and Arts Tour 2020, 12 Days- Moscow, St. Petersburg & the Golden Ring, August
 2020.  Details shortly

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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