Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

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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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June Silent Auction!

grachevMikhail F. Grachev, "Old Water Tower"
19" x 27", 1951, Oil on Board
Estimate $4,000 to $5,000 -framed, Winning Bid $1,750 by S. Klintworth

Congratulations to M. Austin who placed the winning bid of $2,000 for May's silent auction painting "Flowers and Fruit", by Valeri T. Nikitin, estimated at $3,500- $4,500.

We are pleased to present as our May silent auction selection a wonderful landscape, "Old Water Tower", by Mikhail Frolovich Grachev, estimated at $4,000- $5,000.
Grachev is an important 20th-century Soviet/Russian artist who enjoyed the respect and admiration of his peers. Grachev spent many years as the head of the Leningrad Artists Union.

"Old Water Tower", explodes onto the canvass with color and bold brushstrokes that bring life and energy to a serene village scene. While this is clearly an idyllic countryside scene--it also contains a touch of political subtlety, the hope and success of communism. Notice the power lines-symbolizing the electrification of the countryside. One of the major national successes of the period.

For the Soviet people, the Second World War was the overpowering event of their generation. The 30-year-old Grachev, of course, was affected and immediately after hostilities broke out against Russia, he volunteered. Over the next few years, the artist was sent to some of the most active battle fronts. While serving, the right-handed painter lost his right hand. Yet, he returned to the war.

Following the peace, remarkably, Grachev returned to painting. Remarkably, by 1951, the year that
"Old Water Tower was complete, he had re-mastered his art--with much effort, using his left hand. Only 6 years after the war the artist had returned home, healed and was active in painting once again.

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Grachev, Mikhail Frolovich (1913-2001)
(translated from the original Russian)

Born in Petrograd 1913. Studied in Repin Institute until 1948. Active in Leningrad. Began exhibiting
1951. Member of St. Peterburg's Union of Artists. Specialized in landscapes and genre scenes.

Mikhail F. Grachev, the painter, was born in 1913. While still a small child he became an orphan. Since early childhood, he knew the difficulties and poverty. During the famine in 1921, he was taken to an orphanage in Tver, but then escaped from it and was a vagabond. He is very thankful to the priest Volynsky who helped him find a place in his life. He had to work at a factory, but his ability to draw, revealed itself in his childhood. In 1932-1936 Grachev attended his first Art school. After finishing his studies there, he taught drawing and art in a secondary school.

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!  



Vedeneyev, Sergei Nikolaevich, "Port of Klaipeda"
9'' x 27ΒΌ'', 1971, Oil on Board, $3,500 - 50% / $1,750 = $1,750


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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Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery
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Park City, Utah 84060
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