McCarthey Gallery - May 2021 Monthly Auction
Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery

May 2021 Monthly Auction

For our May silent auction, we are pleased to offer a rare work, and one that celebrates the beauty of the Spring Season, "The First Green Leaves" by one of the great Russian landscape painters, Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz, estimated at $5,500 to $6,500

Spring has always held a romantic place in the hearts of the Russian people. After the long, cold, dark, Russian winter the arrival of warm rays of sunshine and the first sprouts of green leaves was a cause for celebration. For countless generations, Russians have celebrated the departure of the cold and dark and the arrival of the warmth and green by heading out to their country side dacha's and gathering with family and friends.

With "The First Green Leaves", Krantz is celebrating that annual pilgrimage of spring, reminding us of the optimism and opportunity that emerge with the crocus and first buds of the birch trees.

Krantz painted almost exclusively landscapes and was a true master of the "lyrical landscape", a genre in which the landscape becomes a mirror for human emotions.

Krantz considered Nature as his main teacher and was drawn to the simple beauty of the Northern Russian forests and the seascapes of the Crimea. He preferred painting "ala prima," finishing his landscapes in one day. He painted with a unique eye towards nature's mystery, and his works rivet the eye by their romantic mood and masterful technique. Krantz had a special gift for capturing the special light that filters the Russian wilderness, each season bringing its own distinct glow and drawing the viewer into the landscape.

This is one of the few times we have offered a museum quality work by a highly respected and important artist in the silent auction. Estimated at $5,500 to $6,500 with a current bid of $2,500.

3065a Krantz The First Green Leaves

















Vladimir P. Krantz, "The First Green Leaves"
19¾'' x 27½'', (50 x 70 cm)
1975, Oil on Board, Framed
Estimated at $5,500 to $6,500, Current Bid $2,500 by M. Austin


We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids 's last month. This is a rare opportunity to add a beautiful work by a highly acclaimed artist to your collection.

Estimated at $5,500 to $6,500, the current high bid is just 2,500! The next bid is $2,750, 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 1st. 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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 krantz fotoVladimir Pavlovich Krantz
(1913-2003) Mozdok, Northern Caucasia

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz was born February 17, 1913, in Mozdok, North Caucasus. His mother's origin was Cossack, and his father came from nobility. His ancestor, German-born Von Rosen Krantz, was exiled to the Caucasus after the December uprising in Petersburg in 1825.

Krantz showed his talent early when he began studying at the atelier of a local painter, A. Turbin. After finishing secondary school, he worked as a draftsman and received a recommendation to the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). Just before the entrance exams, Krantz showed his sketches to the rector of the Academy, Isaak Brodsky, a prominent Soviet artist, who saw his talent and gladly admitted Krantz to the Academy.

Unfortunately, typhoid prevented him from entering that year. However, the next year in 1935 Krantz entered the Architectural department of the Leningrad Civil Engineering Institute and graduated in 1940. After graduating he worked as an artist-decorator and painted on his own.
In 1941 Krantz was drafted into the Red Army and took part in the second world war against Nazi Germany and its allies. He registered as a volunteer to the front but was selected to be teacher with the Air Force Academy and was sent to remote Tajikistan to teach at a school of aircraft mechanics. After the war, Krantz returned to his work as an architect in the Painting and Design Group, where he was focused on the rebuilding the destroyed Leningrad. During that time Krantz perfected his art in the studio of the famed Leningrad artist and art educator S. Nevelshtein, a staunch follower of the realistic traditions.

Krantz painted the modest beauty of the Russian forests and seascapes of the Crimea, working at the Academic Dacha in Tver province outside of Moscow. During that he became acquainted with many famous artists. This time enriched Krantz's artistic horizons and enriched skills. Among them were well-known Master of Landscape painting Nikolai Timkov, Dmitry Maevsky, Ivan Varichev, Vladimir Ovchinnikov. Among them was the famous Soviet painter and academician Vecheslav Zagonek, who once presented Krantz his sketch with an inscription: "To the student surpassing the teacher."

One of Krantz's favorite places to paint was the ancient Russian town of Staraja Ladoga in the Petersburg Region. Krantz began exhibiting the works he painted there in 1957. Krantz later gained acclaim with several one-man shows in the 1970's he was recognized by the public.
The Japanese collector Yoko Nakamura acquired a series of Krantz's landscapes, which led to international recognition.

Krantz was a member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Artists (before 1992 named as the Leningrad branch of Union of Artists of Russian Federation) since 1972. His personal exhibitions were in Leningrad in 1964, 1977, and 1991, and in Saint Petersburg in 1992, 1995, and in 2002.

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz died in Saint Petersburg on July 20, 2003. His paintings are included in art museums and private collections in Russia, Japan, the United States, Germany, and throughout the world.

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz

Born 17 February 1913 in Mozdok, Northern Caucas.
In 1940 V. Krantz graduated from the Architectural department of Leningrad Building Institute.
Since 1957 he has participated in Art Exhibitions.
Joined the LOSKH (Leningrad Union of Artists of the RSFSR) in 1972.
Member of LCRAU since 1972.
Modern Soviet painting exhibition. Gekkoso Gallery. Tokyo, 1977.
Ecole de Saint-Petersburg. Drouot Richelieu. 13 Mars. Paris, 1992.
Personal Exhibitions in Leningrad (1964, 1977, 1991) and St. Petersburg (1992, 1995, 2002).
Paintings by Vladimir Krantz are in the State Russian Museum (St. Petersburg), Museum of the Siege of Leningrad (St. Petersburg), regional Russian museums and private collections in Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, and the USA.


Modern Soviet painting exhibition. Gekkoso Gallery. Tokyo, 1977. Ecole de Saint-Petersburg. Drouot Richelieu. 13 Mars 1992. Paris, 1992.



Auction Rules

A fun new tradition at the TKM Gallery, every month we select a painting and hold a no reserve silent auction.  Over the months there have been some 'steals' and some bidding wars but no matter the outcome, it has been exciting for our Russian art collectors.

You can print the form, and either fax the completed form to (435-658-1730) or send a simple e-mail containing the information on the bid form via e-mail to

Please be sure to include your full name, address, phone number, and email address.

In the case of identical bids, the Gallery will give precedence to the first one received, so it is to your advantage to indicate a maximum bid, and to submit your bid as early as possible.

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Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery
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