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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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September Silent Auction

9423wVladimir V. Filippov, "Lovely Cow"
20½'' x 30¼'', 2010, Oil on Board
Estimated Value $4,500- $5,500, Current Bid $1,750, N. Nero

Congratulations to M. Caravati who placed a last minute winning bid of $9,750 for August's silent auction painting "Silent Evening", by Grigory L. Chainikov", estimated at $12,000- $15,000. Last months auction was one of our most exciting to date with active bidding up until the last seconds!
As our September auction choice, we are pleased to present a beautiful work which is perfect for the end of summer, "Lovely Cow", by Vladimir V. Filippov, valued at $4,500- $5,500. Vladimir is one of Russia's most talented up-and-coming artists, and one of the Gallery's favorite painters. He has grown to be one of the most respected landscape artists painting in Russia today.

Filippov was trained, and lives in the renowned Russian art village "Akademicheskaya Dacha" or Academic Dacha, halfway between Moscow and St Petersburg. For more than 130 years, this village has been almost a sacred place for Russian artists. Filippov was introduced to theMcCarthey Gallery by the master painter Yuri Kugach (recently deceased at age 97), who was named as one of the top 10 artists of Russia in the twentieth century. Under this tutelage, Vladimir has become a respected and sought after Russian artist.

Filippov captures the native Russian countryside with a vivid intimacy that can be captured only by people who love and live close to the land. The contrasts and vividness of colors in "Lilac at the Pond" shows Filippov's high level of skill and his natural talent of representing the Russian countryside. The shadows and mood in this work accentuate the wonder of this painting. This painting would make an excellent addition to any collection or as 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. This is indeed a rare opportunity not to miss! Estimated at $4,500 to $5,500, the current high bid is just $1,750. The next bid is $2,000, 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, fax, or e-mail until 6:00 pm, Wednesday September 30th. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site.

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detail 2Detail from "Lovely Cow", by Vladimir V. Filippov

About the Artist

Russia has a long tradition of the great master painters giving apprenticeship to the best of the next generation thereby keeping the venerated Russian tradition of realism alive. That is the case between the legendary Russian master painter Yuri Petrovich Kugach and his student, Vladimir Viktorovich Filippov. They lived and worked in the legendary artistic community of Academic Dacha.

About half way between Moscow and St. Petersburg close to Tver, is the small village of "Akademichka" (or in English, "Academic Dacha"). It is about 10 kilometers off the main road, nestled in the Russian forest and graced by the shimmering Lake Mistino. The village has been the spiritual heart of Russian art since the village was founded in 1884. It has been the seasonal home of many of the great Russian artists over the last century and a half. The Academic Dacha initially served as a country refuge for impoverished or ailing artists from the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Overtime, the area increasingly became a favorite with students and professors who came to paint landscapes in the open air. The setting so appealed to artists, that many spent the greater part of their lives there, purchasing small country homes (dachas) nearby. From Repin to Levitan to Kugach and countless other greats, this small village has been painted more and has inspired more great art than any other place in Russia.

Even today, in this idyllic setting, many great artists still call Academic Dacha home. The place has been the residence of Yuri Petrovich Kugach (who recently passed at the age of 96) since 1951. Over the years, Yuri Petrovich was a generous mentor to several promising artists. Kugach, who was named one of 'Russia's top twenty artists of the twenty first century' introduced us to one of his students in 2011, Vladimir Filippov. Yuri Petrovich told us that Vladimir was his finest student ever. Kugach told us that Filippov's soul was imbued with Russia's nature. He said that "while you can teach technique, color and composition---an artist's ability to 'feel' the land is unteachable." Kugach said that the instinct of greatness is genetic and that Filippov has that very rare natural talent.

Vladimir Viktorovich Filippov

Vladimir V. Filippov was born in 1956 in Vyshniy Volochek. He spent his childhood in Novoye Kotchische Village, where such famous artists as brothers Sergei & Aleksei Tkachev lived. It was also not far from the Academic Dacha named after the great painter Ilya E. Repin. The Academic Dacha is a well-known Art Academy and artist community in Russia, and that creative atmosphere had a great influence on young Vladimir's creative future. Filippov spent long hours visiting artists in their studios, and admiring great artists and their paintings. Since childhood Vladimir's dream was to become a great artist.

But at the beginning, Vladimir's way of life was sidetracked from art. Having graduated from the Railway Collage, he enrolled in the Soviet Army. After his demobilization, he entered the Agricultural Academy. However, he never abandoned his dream to become an artist. Vladimir painted his first water-colored still life from nature in the studio of Nikolai A. Sysoev, who was an honored artist of the Soviet Union. He painted with great vigor under Sysoev's direction. Later on in 1970, he became acquainted with Peter I. Strakhov and Peter's wife Lia A. Ostrovaya, who were famous artists in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Peter Straknov made great contributions and progress in Vladimir's creative development. Since 1970, Vladimir Filippov has devoted his life to painting full time. He has been an enduring participant of all the local and regional exhibitions since 1980.

Since 1990, Filippov has trained and worked under the Russian Realist masters Yuri P. Kugach (senior) and his son Mikhail Y. Kugach, who is now head of the Kugach Studio and a full member of the Russian Academy of Arts. Also, Vladimir has painted in the company of such wonderful artists as Grigory Chainikov and Andrei Zakharov. These artists and close friends have played an important role in Vladimir's development as an artist. Filippov is one of the few artists continuing the great tradition of Russian Realistic Art.

Vladimir Filippov has been a member of the Union of Russian Artists since 2003. His paintings are exhibited in the Museums of Mogilev and Bobruisk (Republic of Byelorussia), in the Museum of Harbin (China), in many private art collections in Russia, Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, Romania, Finland, Germany, China, and the USA.

Vladimir works with the Moskvorechie Creative Association.

Read More and view details from "Lovely Cow"...

Wonderful New Artists!


Antonin Passemard, "Summer Flowers"
20'' x 26'', Oil on Canvas, $2,500


Antonin Passemard, "Field of Flowers"
20'' x 24'', Oil on Canvas, $2,400

 Antonin Passemard, "Summer in the Village" 20'' x 28'', Oil on Canvas, $2,500

Antonin Passemard,"Summer in the Village"
20'' x 28'', Oil on Canvas, $2,500 

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Anastasia Dukhanina, "Red Boat House"
22'' x 28'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $2,975


 Anastasia Dukhanina, "Red Boat House"
22'' x 28'', 2014, Oil on Canvas, $2,975


Anastasia Dukhanina, "Village Life"
16'' x 20'', Oil on Canvas, $1,400

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 Works- Ken Spencer!


Ken Spencer, "Long Valley, Southern Utah"
30'' x 40'', 2015, Oil on Canvas, $5,000


Ken Spencer, "Spring Creek"
8'' x 8'', 2015, Oil on Canvas, $700


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