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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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October Silent Auction

2448Sergei Alexeyevich Grigoriev, "New Bicycle"
53½'' x 39'', 1955, Oil on Canvas
Estimate $4,000- 5,000, Current Bid, $1,750, N. Nero

Congratulations to both S. Griffin and K Vasquez who placed the winning bids Congratulations to both S. Griffin and K Vasquez who placed the winning bids for our two September auction works. Day at the Sea by Y.K. Bogatyrenko sold for $1,000 (estimated at $3,000- $4,000) and "The Lilacs the Spring Rain" by Victor N. Butko, sold at $3,250, estimated at ($6,000- $7,000).

As our October silent auction choice, we are pleased to present a large, famous and much loved Soviet painting, "New Bicycle", by Sergei Alekseevich Grigoriev, who is one of the leading Ukrainian painters of the Soviet period. The painting is a charming piece that celebrates the Russian countryside with an almost universal theme of a young boy with a new bicycle. The current high bid is just $1,750. The next bid is $2,000 followed by minimum bidding increments of $250.

Sergei A. Grigoriev was the awarded the title of 'People's Artist of the USSR' in 1974. This award was the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Soviet Union for exceptional artistic achievements. Its recipients include many of the most-acclaimed composers, dancers, singers, film and theatre directors and actors of the time. In all, for all of the categories, there were only 1,010 recipients of the award during the period of the Soviet Union. It signified the greatest accomplishment and highest recognition for Soviet artists.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to add a great work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection!

We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month. Please 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. Bids will be taken via telephone, fax, or e-mail until the auction ends at 6:00 pm, Friday October 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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Sergei A. Grigoriev was best known as a painter of everyday-life genre subjects late 1940's through the 1950's. His works are included in many museums including the Kiev Museum of Ukrainian Art and The Tretyakov Gallery Moscow. He taught at the Kharkov Art Institute 1933-34; at the Kiev Art Institute from 1934; was head of creative studios of The USSR Academy of Arts, Kiev, from 1962. He became a Soviet academician 1953/54, was awarded Stalin Prizes in 1950, 195, and most importantly the title of 'People's Artist of the USSR' 1974. Sergei A. Grigoriev. People's Artist of the Soviet Union and member of the USSR Academy of Arts, played a major role in the formation of the Soviet Ukraine's school of art as an outstanding painter and teacher.

Sergei Alekseevich Grigoriev, (1910- 1988)

Sergei Grigoriev was born in Lugansk, Ukraine in 1910. He studied at the Zaporozhe Arts and Crafts School from 1923-26. After finishing the school, he moved to Moscow to continue his studies at the Higher Artistic and Technical Workshops, VKHUTEMAS,1926-27. Later he attended the Kiev Art Institute 1928-32. Upon graduation from the institute, he moved to Kharkov where he took up work as a poster painter and book illustrator with the Mistetstvo Publishing house.

In 1933, Grigoriev was asked to teach at the Kharkov Art Institute, first as an assistant in the drawing workshop of Vasili Kasiyan, later in the painting workshop of Professor Krichevsky.

In 1934 when Kiev became the capital of the Ukrainian Republic, Grigoriev accepted a teaching position at the Kiev Art Institute.

In the early 1930s, Grigoriev became greatly involved with plein-air painting. In addition to many landscapes of the Dnieper region, he was also doing nudes. Beginning in the late 1930s, he gradually emerged as a lyrical painter. In his portraits, genres pictures and landscapes, he created images filled with humaneness and harmony with the surrounding world.

He began exhibiting in 1932. Important shows include 'Twenty Years of the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army', Moscow, 1938; 'Industry of Socialism', Moscow, 1939; 'All Union Art Exhibition', Moscow, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951 and 1955. From the late 1930s, he gradually emerged as a lyrical painter. In his portraits, genres pictures and landscapes, he created images filled with humaneness and harmony with the surrounding world.

In the winter of 1940, Grigoriev was called up for the military service. At the outbreak of war in 1941, he joined the Communist Party. During this time, he did hardly any painting.

In the late 1940s, he established himself in Soviet painting as a mature master of multi-figural, complex compositions.

In the 1950s Grigoriev concentrated on multi-figural genre compositions built around dramatic or conflictual subjects. He is especially concerned with problems of the education of children and youth, the building of their characters and social outlooks.

In 1951 Grigoriev received the USSR State Prize for his picture Discussion of the Failing Mark. Also in that year he was made People's Artist of the Ukrainian Republic. Three years later, the painter was elected corresponding member of the USSR Academy of Arts, and in 1958 he became full member of the Academy.

Sergei A. Grigoriev. People's Artist of the Soviet Union and member of the USSR Academy of Arts, played a major role in the formation of the Soviet Ukraine's school of art as an outstanding painter and teacher. His works are included in many museums including the Kiev Museum of Ukrainian Art and The Tretyakov Gallery Moscow. His art was inseparably linked with the life of his people and in his faith in the tremendous transformative potential of socialist art.

Victor K. Gaiduk New Works!

1"Abstract Landscape", 20'' x 28'', 1970"s, Gouache on Cardboard, $990

We are pleased to present over twenty new works by Ukrainian artist Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, A painter full of passion and color, Gaiduk's manner of painting, with bold heavy strokes, hearty daubs of paint and bright colors, makes his works truly unique. They are among the favorites in the Gallery. Especially, as Gaiduk's works are so affordable, with most works under $1,200,

These are rare works and it is unlikely that we will be able to obtain any more. Don't miss out on this rare chance to add some wonderful works by a great artist and at a great price to your collection.

2"Landscape- Pond", 19¾'' x 27½'', 1970"s, Oil on Cardboard, $990 

35"Landscape- Evening Trees", 15¼'' x 23¼'', 1970's, Gouache on Cardboard, $1,100

4Landscape- Fall Trees", 16¼'' x 20¾'', Gouache on Cardboard, $1,100

5"Landscape", 16¼'' x 23½'', (41 x 60 cm) 1970"s, Oil on board, $990

 6"Landscape" 17'' x 24'', (43 x 61 cm) 1970"s, Oil on Cardboard, $900

Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk, 1926-1992

Born in Zaporozhye, Ukraine in 1926. He trained at the Zaporozhye association of artists in the studios of the famous Ukrainian artists G. and B. Kolosovsky between 1951 to 1957.

Active in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, Gaiduk began exhibiting in 1953. Gaiduk was a member of the National Union of artists.

Victor Kirillovich Gaiduk is listed in "A Dictionary of Twentieth Century Russian and Soviet Painters 1900-1980" by Matthew Cullerne Bown (page 92).

Gaiduik's works are included in major national museums, the Zaporizhzhya Regional Art Museum, in numerous galleries and private collections in Ukraine, Russia and worldwide.

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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Margarita Kolobova- New Works!

aa"Church on the Old Cemetery in Novgorod", 13¾'' x 15¾'', 2010, Oil on Canvas, $1,200The gallery recently received several new works from Margarita Kolobova. We are excited to share them with you.

Margarita graduated this past summer from the prestigious Russian Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg, founded by Ivan Shuvalov in 1757. Since graduating, Margarita has been traveling and painting. Many of her new works reflect her experiences in Montenegro, Greece, Finland and of course her home town of St. Petersburg.

Currently, Margarita is working on her third degree from the Art Faculty of Saimaa University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She has also recently spent time studying and painting at the famed artistic community of Academicheskaya Dacha, (Academic Dacha) near Moscow. The village has been the spiritual heart of Russian art since the village was founded in 1884 and home of many of the great Russian artists over the last century and a half.

a"Evening (Greece)". 25½'' x 35½'', 2011, Oil on Canvas, $3,200

b"Snappy Day (Nikolskiy Cathedral, St.Petersburg)"
9¾'' x 15¾'', 2010, Oil on Board, $750

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