December 2015
Welcome to the December Newsletter!
Добро пожаловать в декабре ноябрь!
Happy Holidays from everyone at The Thomas Kearns McCarthey Gallery- Tom McCarthey, Stephen Justesen, Robin Valline, Igor Nazareitchouk, Jim Dabakis, Jannett Heckert & Daniele Bradley!

Our Warmest Thoughts and Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and an outstanding New Year. We look forward to another successful year of offering you, our amazing clients, even more great art!
Viktor Pavlovich Kabanov, "Girlfriends"
19" x 27", 1958, Oil on Board
Estimate $3,000- $3,500, Current Bid $250, N. Nero
December Silent Auction

For December's silent auction, we are excited to offer a historic genre painting from the height of the Soviet Period, "Girlfriends", by the outstanding Russian painter Viktor Pavlovich Kabanov. 

 "Girlfriends" was painted by Kabanov during a visit to the Altai territory in western Siberia in 1958. It depicts two girlfriends as they have a rest and eagerly await news from home. It was one of several works done by Moscow artists who traveled to the Virgin Lands of Kazakhstan and the Altai territory in 1958. The studies and paintings brought back from this trip were exhibited at the 1958 all-union exhibition in Moscow. 
Works by Kabanov are included in the collections of numerous museums and international collectors including the private collection of former President Jimmy Carter.  The current high bid is just $250 making this an exceptional opportunity!

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Frosty Day"
14" x 21", 1964, Oil on Board, $4,000
Vladimir P. Krantz- Master of the Lyrical Landscape
-Through January 20, 2016

For our collectors of landscapes we are pleased to present a small exhibition by one of the great landscape artists of the Soviet period, Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz.

Krantz was a master of the lyrical landscape and considered Nature as a his main teacher. He was drawn to the simple beauty of the Northern Russian forests and the seascapes of the Crimea. He painted with a unique vision of nature's mystery, and his works rivet the eye by their romantic mood and masterful technique. He had a special gift for capturing the special light that filters the Russian wilderness, each season bringing its own distinct glow that quickly draws the viewer into the landscape.
Krantz often visited the museum-estate of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin near Pskov. Admiring the poet, Krantz presented the museum a series of 44 landscapes in different seasons.  Read More....

Ken Spencer, "Old Town Bridge Tower- Praque
"8" x 16", 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,200
New Works for the Holidays! 

We have been working hard over the last few days and just completed an almost total re-hang of the Gallery for the Holidays and our busy Winter Season!
Numerous works from the Gallery's Art Vault, dozens
newly acquired works from the great Soviet Masters and several works by one of the  

Yevgeni V. Solovyev, "Spring in Leningrad"
24"x 37", 1965, Oil on Canvas, $4,900
Gallery's favorite artist, Ken Spencer, have been added. 
In addition to these works, the Treasure Chest is full of new and very affordable gems that would make perfect stocking suffers!
If you haven't visited the Gallery in a while, now is the perfect time to do so. Enjoy the great art and perhaps take one of these beautiful works home!


Handmade Russian Ornaments 
Make this Christmas a Russian Christmas with unique ornaments and decorations from our Holiday store. Igor has just arrived from St. Petersburg with beautiful treasures and collectibles for the season!

The Gallery's unique handmade Russian holiday ornaments and decorations include:  Carved Angels Nativity Scenes, Nesting Dolls, Nesting Christmas trees with Santa's and snowmen inside, Nesting Santa's, Ornament sets, Lacquered boxes, Toy soldier colored pencil sets, and Carved Father Christmas. 

Our visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Moscow
2016 Russian Art & Culture Tour Dates Announced: 
May 8th to 22nd
Moscow Photo Highlights from our 2015 Tour! 

We are excited to announce the dates and a preview of the itinerary for our May Russian Art & Culture Tour with Dr. Vern Swanson!

For our 2016 tour, we will once again highlight the amazing art history and culture of Russia's capital cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg and this year, for the first time, we are thrilled to add a five-night cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg with stops in the ancient and amazing cities of Russia's "Golden ring."
"Dear Stephen and Igor, A big fat and hardy (and heartfelt) Thank You for a very, very successful tour. We don't know how it could have been any better and cannot adequately describe to others how amazing and personalized it was. With much gratitude and love, Tannie and Jerald" -Excerpt from one of last year's thank you letters.

Igor Nazareitchouk & Stephen Justesen awaiting the start of MacDougall's auction.
London's Russian Art Week takes $26 million
The seventh Russian Art Week was held earlier this month in London. It was a busy week of events, exhibitions, lectures, performances and of course Russian art sales at all the major London auction houses. 
Expectations were lower for this November's sales, in light of the decline of the ruble and economic  sanctions. However, there was still good demand for works, especially those fresh to the market and the Soviet Period which is increasingly becoming more important. All four auction houses staged larger sales in December with the total number of lots on offer up 20% from 888 to 1069.
The sales had registered bidders from more than 40 countries with 75 percent selling by value and 68 percent by lot. This represents an increase of more than 20 percent on the selling rates for paintings in June's Russian Art Week 2015.
The next Russian Art Week will take place in late May and early June in 2016

Read more and see the highlights....

Andrey G. Lysenko, Young Hockey Player"
39" x 29", 1975, Oil on Canvas, $8,000
Holiday Gallery Stroll
Saturday, December 26th 

Featuring New Works for the Season plus exhibitions by Ken Spencer and Vladimir Krantz!

The holidays are a magical time to visit Park City and his month's Gallery Stroll is the perfect time to do so. Enjoy a night out and stop by the Gallery to see all the fantastic new art!
Note: Due to the Christmas Holiday, December's Gallery Stroll will be on Saturday December 26th, not the usual last Friday of the month as is customary. The Gallery Stroll is sponsored by the Park City Gallery Association and takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.
Happy Holidays and Enjoy the newsletter!
Stephen Justesen, Gallery Director

Winter Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 11 AM to 7 PM
Thursday - Saturday    10 AM to 9 PM
Sunday                         10 AM to 6 PM
*Closed Christmas Day and at 5 PM December 31st 
November Silent Auction!MAuction
Congratulations to D. Cannella who placed the winning bid of $2,000 for November's silent auction painting "The North", by Margarita Kolobova, estimated at $3,000- $3,500. 
As our December auction choice, the Gallery is proud to present a beautiful and historical genre work from the Virgin Lands, "Girlfriends", by Viktor Pavlovich Kabanov, valued at $3,000- $3,500. 
This work depicts the private lives of the settlers on the Virgin Lands. The Virgin Lands campaign was a huge operation designed by Nikita Khrushchev in the early 1950's to open up vast tracts of idle and sparsely populated steppe land, mainly in northern Kazakhstan and the Altai region of Siberia, for grain cultivation.  More than 300,000 people, primarily from Ukraine and Russia, were recruited by the Komsomol to settle and cultivate the arid steppe. They would be joined by even larger contingents of students, soldiers, and truck and combine-drivers who were transported to the Virgin Lands on a seasonal basis.

 "Girlfriends" was painted by Kabanov during a visit to the Altai territory in western Siberia in 1958. It features two girlfriends as they have a rest and eagerly await news from home. It was one of several works done by Moscow artists who traveled to the Virgin Lands of Kazakhstan and the Altai territory in 1958 for summer plein aire painting. The studies and paintings brought back from this trip were exhibited at the 1958 all-union exhibition in Moscow. 

Viktor Pavlovich Kabanov", Girlfriends"
19"x 27", 1958, Oil on Board
Estimate $3,000- $3,500, Current Bid $250, N. Nero

We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our Gallery clients to add this beautiful and historically important painting to their collection. We invite you to participate in this month's auction and thank everyone who placed bids last month.

Estimated at $3,000 to $3,500, the current high bid is just $250. The next bid is $500, 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 5:00 pm, Thursday December 31st. Follow all the bidding updates on the Gallery's web site. 
Tel: 435.658.1691
Please e-mail bids only to and make sure your receive confirmation of your bid. 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. 

Viktor P. Kabanov (1924- 2007, Saratov)
The outstanding Russian artist Viktor Pavlovich Kabanov was born in Saratov in 1924. A veteran of World War II, he studied at the Saratov Art College, where he graduated in 1948 and later at the Moscow Regional Pedagogical College from 1948-1952. In 1952 he continued his studies at the famed Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, graduating in 1955.  Many of his works are devoted to the Virgin Lands, where he often went in his life to paint.
In 1958 he entered the Union of Artists of the USSR (its Moscow branch - MOSH).  He was a regular participant of Moscow, Republican and All-Union exhibitions.  He had personal exhibitions in 1969, 1973, 1980 and 1995. He also held exhibitions abroad: Cambodia and Milan (Italy).  From 1968 to 1969 he taught at Queens University in Phnom Penh Cambodia. 
The works of the artist are kept in many museums in Russia and the CIS, including the Krasnoyarsk Museum and the Radishchev Museum Saratov.  His works paintings are in private collections in England, Germany, Italy, France, the USA and in former President Jimmy Carter's personal collection.  He also held exhibitions abroad including Cambodia and Milan.  For many years the artist has been a close friend of the distinguished Russian painter P. Kuznetsov. 
Viktor Kabanov at the opening of the Saratov State Art Museum's retrospective exhibition "Viktor Kabanov- Gift of the Artist."

Additional selective exhibitions:

1960- Republican Exhibition, Moscow.
1964- Bloom the Collective Farm, Moscow
1967- Moscow Artists to the 50th Anniversary of the Great October, Moscow.
1967- Republican Exhibition, Moscow.
1975 - Art Exhibition to the 30th Anniversary of the Great Victory, Moscow.

Vladimir P. Krantz- Master of the Lyrical Landscapekrantz
Through January 20, 2016
The lyrical landscape is the genre of painting that evokes shared feeling in every Russian, especially if it is done in such brilliant manner as that of Vladimir Krantz. Life itself made Krantz an artist. He was lucky not to be paint in an official formal manner, glorifying the socialist labor. The artist simply polished his brushwork, developed his coloring working hard,  while nevertheless staying an amateur for the bureaucrats of the Soviet art. Being an "amateur" at that time meant to be free in choice to paint landscapes - the genre that was not greeted by the authorities. The most preferable works were large multi-figural paintings depicting social life or historical events.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The November"
19" x 27", 1974, Oil on Board, $5,500

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

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The First Green Leaves"
19" x 27",1975, Oil on Board, $5,500

The artist showed his talent in early years when he studied at the atelier of a local painter, A. Turbin. After finishing the secondary school he worked as a draftsman and got a recommendation to the Academy of Fine Arts in Leningrad (Petersburg). Just before the entrance exams V. Krantz showed his sketches to the rector of the Academy, a prominent Soviet artist Isaak Brodsky and met with his approval. 

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Mushroom Places"
19" x 27", 1982, Oil on Board, $5,500

Unfortunately, the serious disease typhoid prevented him from entering the Academy that year. And in 1935 he successfully passed the exams to the Architectural Faculty of the Civil Engineering Institute in 1940.  After graduating he worked as an artist-decorator, and painted in oils independently.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Lilacs"
19" x 27", 1968, Oil on Board, $5,500

After World War II he returned to his work in the Painting and Design Group of Enterprises in Leningrad and perfected his art at the atelier of S. Nevelstein. He set himself high standards and purposefully painted from nature again and again. One of his most favorite places was the ancient Russian town of Staraja Ladoga in the Petersburg Region. The pictures painted there gained high aclaim during the first Krantz one-man show in 1967. In 1973 he joined the Russian Artists' Union, thus giving up the work of decorator.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "In the Park"
19" x 27", 1964, Oil on Board, $5,500

Success did not come V. Krantz's way easily. His path to success was long and taxing, and only in the 1970's his art was recognized by the public. The Japanese collector Yoko Nakamura acquired a series of his landscapes, and the artist soon became well known abroad.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Spring Meadow"
19" x 27", 1978, Oil on Board, $5,500

Vladimir Krantz painted the modest beauty of Russian forest and seascapes in the Crimea, working at the Academic Dacha. There he got acquainted with many colleagues who enriched his mental outlook. Among them was a famous Soviet painter, academician Zagonek, who once presented Krantz his sketch with an inscription: "To the student surpassing the teacher." They worked together on the same motive and Krantz's landscape was voted the best.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The April"
19" x 27" 1975, Oil on Board, $5,500

Vladimir Krantz considered Nature to be the main teacher. None of the painters greatly influenced the artist's manner.  His path was directed mainly by his own inward intuition and original talent. He preferred painting "ala prima," finishing his landscape in one day. Using photos was the common practice of such great masters as Vrubel and Degas, and Krantz following in their example. He studied and gave a more precise definition to the juxtaposition of color, light and shade. He never went down to the rough naturalism or unwarranted detailing both in drawing and coloring.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "At the Msta Dam"
19"x 27", 1975, Oil on Board, $5,500

Krantz intentionally denied the fleeting effects so typical of the Impressionists and art of the 20th Century. He saw the integrity and calm in the landscape, which should represent the stability and firmness of being.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Spring Landscape"
19" x 27", 1976, Oil on Board $5,500

Vladimir Krantz was a real master of the lyrical landscape. His art is immediately recognizable in any gallery neighborhood as it rivets the eye by the romantic mood and a masterful technique. It gives the spectator an opportunity to enter the truthfully painted atmosphere of the landscape, to share the artist's admiration. The good taste, a sense of rhythm together with following nature without copying, brings a wholeness and completeness to his fine landscapes.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Spring Meadow"
19" x 27", 1978, Oil on Board, $5,500

Whatever landscape of Russia is painted by the artist, all his landscapes are distinguished by softness of the brush and gentle musical harmony of colors. One would call recherche nocturnes such his canvases as "Thaw," "The Coming of the Spring," "The Breath of the Spring," "The Merry May" and other paintings. Water is one of the most important components almost in all landscapes of the painter. He feels the world in a harmony of three elements - heaven, water and earth. And due to this he moves from the instant and from the trembling of the moment towards the existential state of nature and impresses a lasting state, the "eternal beauty" according to Pushkin.

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Baikal Lake. The Angara River"
19" x 27", 1986, Oil on Cardboard, $5,500

Vladimir P. Krantz, "By Volkhov River"
19" x 27", 1968, Oil on Board, $5,500

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The Volkhov"
19" x 27", 1969, Oil on Cardboard, $5,500

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The May on the Tver Land"
19" x 27", 1975, Oil on Board, $5,500

Vladimir P. Krantz, "The April"
19"x 27", 1974, Oil on Board, $5,500

Vladimir P. Krantz, "Valaam-The Cathedral"
19"x 27", 1987, Oil on Board, $5,500

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz, "The River in the Urals"
19"x 27", 1982, Oil on Board, $5,500

"I visited Mr Krantz at his studio in St. Petersburg shortly before his death in 2003.  While he was close to blind and very weak, he lit up as I picked up paintings one-by-one and asked him if he could remember painting the particular painting.  Although he was slumped and ill, as I held up the painting, he seemed to come to life as he animatedly described each painting.  Vivid with detail, excitement and overwhelming enthusiasm, he described the place and the people.  It was almost as if he had painted the work that afternoon.  For a few brief moments, the artist emerged and reveled in his life and his work.  As we reached the end of the visit, he returned to his illness". -  Jim Dabakis

Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz, (1913-2003)
Mozdok, Northern Caucasia
Destinies of artists take different shapes, even if all of them are equally gifted in the youth. Some of them have to pass a way several decades to find their final profession. Vladimir Pavlovich Krantz is one of such artists. By his age (he was born in 1913) he belongs to the masters of the elder generation, while by his artistic activity and the start of his work which fell on the 1970's-1990's Krantz can be included in the generation of young talents of the end of the 20th century. His first participation in exhibitions is dated "1959."
Here are the main marks of the artist's life. Being a descendant of a nobleman and Decembrist von Rosen-Krantz who had been exiled to the Caucasus for participation in the rising of 1825 against Emperor Nickolas I, he realized quite early his abilities and started his studies at a studio. His gift was notice and in 1934 he was sent to Leningrad for entering the Academy of Arts. However, because of a disease, in the following year he found himself at the Architectural Department of the Civil Engineering Institute in Leningrad. No sooner had he received the Degree of the Architect, the war with the German fascism (1941-1945) started. He registered as a volunteer to the front, but was selected for the course at the Academy of Air Force and he went to the remote Tajikistan to teach at a school of aircraft mechanics. After the war, working in the restoration of the destroyed Leningrad as an architect, he studied at the artistic studio of S. Nevelshtein, a staunch follower of the realistic traditions. Regular classes at the Houses of Creative Work "Academic Dacha" and "Old Ladoga" also facilitated his professional growth. The first work with which the painter took part in the exhibition of 1959 was a small landscape, "After Rain." It is not by chance that he keeps it with care, as the artist found his way with it and announced himself as a landscape painter once and for all. Since then, he has been painting the Russian nature persistently and forgetting about himself for over 3 decades, having created several hundred works.

In 1940 Vladimir Krantz graduated from 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 Art museums and private collections in the Russia, USA, Japan, Germany, and throughout the world.
Vladimir Krantz, was born 17 February 1913 in Mozdok, Northern Caucus.
In 1940 V. Krantz graduated from the Architectural department of Leningrad Building Institute.
Began exhibiting in 1957.
A member of the LCRAU since 1972.
Noted as a landscape painter.
Personal exhibitions in Leningrad (1964, 1977, 1991, 1992, 1995).
Paintings by Vladimir KRANTZ are in Art museums and private collections in the Russia and throughout the world.
Modern Soviet painting exhibition. Gekkoso Gallery. Tokyo, 1977. Ecole de Saint-Petersburg. Drouot Richelieu. 13 Mars 1992. Paris, 1992.
New Works Ken Spencer!new
J. Ken Spencer was born in Ogden, Utah. He began painting at the age of 14, studying with local artists and teachers. Spencer pursued his interest in art at Utah State University (Logan, Utah) where he gained fundamental knowledge in composition and form, he also developed skills such as draftsmanship and paint application while working from live models. He graduated in 1993 earning a Bachelor's Degree in Illustration.

Ken Spencer, "Early Change"
24" x 36", 2014, Oil on Canvas, $4,200

Ken Spencer, "Old Town Bridge Tower"
8" x 16", 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,200

After finishing his work at the university, he moved his family to the New York Metropolitan area where he worked as an illustrator for book publishers and magazines. It was at that time when Mr. Spencer began developing his fine art career by painting for exhibition in galleries and juried shows. He has exhibited his work in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, and California. He has been included in such shows as the Oil Painters of America (Awards in 2004 and 2013), Masters in Miniature (Trailside Gallery, Jackson WY), American Miniatures Show (Settler's West, Tucson, AZ), Scottsdale Artist's School- Best and Brightest (Best of Show), The Harrisburg PA Art Association (winning Best of Show), and National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society (Monteverde Award). After living on the East Coast for seven years he moved his family back to the West where he now pursues his fine art career full time. He and his family reside in the small town of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Ken Spencer, "Late Autumn Stream"
18" x 24", 2014, Oil on Canvas, $2,700

Ken Spencer, "Old Town Bridge Tower"
8" x 16", 2014, Oil on Canvas, $1,200

Mr. Spencer values the benefits of plein air painting with all the challenges and joys of working outside in nature. "Painting on location gives me a chance to see new things, to see different light conditions and to regularly feel the creative juices. When I paint in plein air I see the subtle colors and values of nature that are only possible by first-hand experience.  Photography cannot capture those subtleties."  He also values the steady, measured power of studio painting. Plein air work gives an artist fresh insight into the behavior of light and color but studio work gives time to develop composition and technique not possible in short settings. 

Ken Spencer, "Zion National Park"
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 48", $5,000

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

Ken has traveled throughout the western U.S as well as to France, Italy, Germany, England and the Czech Republic to paint on location and gather reference material to paint. He spent time in Paris, Brittany, Normandy, Florence, Venice, Tuscany and the Cinque Terre, Bavaria, Prague and Bohemia. These areas are rich in visual textures and imagery. He spent time painting the small villages, large cites, coastal regions, and the people of Europe. All of these trips have generated many wonderful images and strengthened his abilities as a painter. He continues to travel locally and abroad to search out new inspirations. 

Ken Spencer, "Above the Vineyard"
Oil on Canvas, 8" x 8", $700

Ken Spencer, "Retreating Storm"
Oil on Panel, 2015, 24" x 30", $3,400


Virtuosos of the OPA 2015, Salmagundi Club, NY, NY- Award of Excellence 
Spring City Arts Plein Air Competition 2015- 1st place
Spring City Arts Plein Air Competition 2015- Randall Lake Purchase Award
Figurative Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America National Show 2013
Artist's Choice award- Driggs Digs Plein Air 2013
Merit Award- Inspirational Art Association 2013
Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence- Salon International 2012
Inspirational Art Association- 1st place - Thanksgiving Point, UT. 2012
Best of Show, Scottsdale Artists School - Best and Brightest show 2006
Oil Painters of America National Exhibit -2004, William Schneider Award of Excellence
National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society, Monteverde Award. 1999
Awarded Signature Member status- Oil Painters of America- September 2004

"White Face", Oil on Panel, 2015, 24" x 30", $3,400

Susette Gertsch

Susette Gertsch, "View of the Shadowed Woods", 30" x 40", 2015, Oil on Canvas, $1,950

Alexander Georgievich Gulyaev,  "March"
17" x 23", 1984, Oil on Canvas, $5,000

Lydiya Nickolayevna Erler, "Partisan Girl"
38" x 50", 1958, Oil on Canvas, $3,500
Victor T. Kopayev, "Village End"
19" x 31", 1992, Oil on Canvas $3,500

Mickhail Andreyevich Merenkov, "Foundry Worker"30" x 21", 1961, Oil on Canvas, $4,500
Vladimir Viktorovich Filipov, "Winter Wood
31" x 27", 2010, Oil on Canvas, $4,500

Feodor Vasilievich Shapaev, "Country Doctor- variant"
41" x 55", 1964-67, Oil on Canvas, $45,000

V.V. Zhukov, "Middle-Asian Landscape"
27" x 19", 1958, Oil on Canvas, $4,500
Grigory Z. Krizhevsky, "Daughter"s Portrait"
35" x 26",1957, Oil on Canvas, $9,000

P.I. Strakhov, "Woman's Portrait"
35" x 28", 1953, Oil on Canvas $6,000
Peter D. Pokarzhevskey, "Old Shepherd- Kazah"
27" x 19", 1962, Oil on Board $4,500

Grigory Leontievich Chainikov, "Boy with Harness"
19" x 39", 1989, Oil on Canvas, $22,000

Grigory Leontievich Chainikov, "Returning Home"
26" x 51", 2004, Oil on Canvas, $30,000

Grigory Leontievich Chainikov, "Returning Home"
26" x 51", 2004, Oil on Canvas, $30,000

Grigory Leontievich, Chainikov, "Apples"
35" x 58", 2005, Oil on Canvas, $35,000

Vladimir Viktorovich Filippov, "Snow is Melting- Spring Has Come"
25" x 30", 2011, Oil on Canvas, $4,500

Nikolay Borisovich Terpsikhorov, "Autumn"
18" x 13", 1950, Oil on Cardboard, $5,000
Nikolay B. Terpikhorov, "Turkmenian Hunter"
54 x 37", 1935, Oil on Canvas, $125,000

Imperial Capitals & Ancient Villagestour

Private Russian Art & Culture Tour, with Dr. Vern Swanson

May 8th to 22nd, 2016
Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg via the historic villages of the famed "Golden Ring" 
Kizhi Pogost, a (300 Years Old Multi-Domed Church Built Without Nails), one our stops on the Golden Ring cruise, is a narrow island in Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia. The island is popular for dozens of historical wooden buildings that were moved to the island from various parts of Karelia for preservation during the 1950's. Today, the entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous among them is the Kizhi Pogost shown above._
May 8th to 22nd, 2016, *Tentative Dates and Itinerary
DAY 1. May 8th, 2016. Flight USA- MOSCOW

DAY 2. Arrive MOSCOW

- Moscow City tour
- Moscow Metro & Izmailova Market
- Free time to shop/ GUM Department Store and Arbat street
- Visit to Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum, St. Basils Cathedral The Kremlin, Kremlin Museum, Armory and Diamond Fund, Assumption Cathedral and Patriarch's Palace
- Cathedral of Christ the Savior
- Cold War Museum, State Historical Museum
- Museum of the Great Patriotic War and Victory Park Moscow State University, Sparrow Hills 
- Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945
-State Tretykov Gallery, New State Tretykov Gallery
-Institute of Russian Realist Art, Pushkin Museum,
-Moscow State Circus, Moscow River Cruise

DAY 5. MOSCOW full day in Moscow, evening board our ship for the start of our cruise and Golden Ring tour.

One of the spokes of Russia's renowned Golden Ring. Explore the impressive Church of St. Dmitri-on-the-Blood, erected on the site where Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591, and attend an enchanting concert of choral music at St. John-s Church.

Founded in 1010, Yaroslavl is one of the oldest cities in central Russia and the Volga-s first port. In the Spassky Monastery see the Transfiguration of the Savior and admire the mosaics at the Church of Elijah the Prophet.

In the tiny settlement of Goritsy, visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in 1397, and now home to one of the best collections of Russian icons in the world. After a guided tour, continue cruising toward majestic Lake Onega.

The Kareliya region, which spans the area from St. Petersburg to the Arctic Circle, is a vast wilderness of forest and water. Discover Lake Onega, fed by 58 rivers and home to 1,369 islands, including Kizhi. See a collection of ancient Russian wooden houses and windmills, and the famous Transfiguration church, built in 1714 without a single nail.
While cruising along the 139-mile-long Svir River, appreciate the quiet understated beauty of a region that has long inspired artists and poets. The ship passes quaint riverside hamlets before reaching Lake Ladoga. Step ashore for a brief visit to the vacation village of Mandrogi to experience daily life in a quaint wooden village

DAY 11- 15. ST. PETERSBURG  Morning arrive to St. Petersburg. 

-St. Petersburg Canal/ River/ City Tour
-Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral/Square
-Tsarskoye Selo/ Catherine's Summer Palace, Puskin, Pavlosk, Peterhof Palace
-The Yusupov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress
-Marble Palace of Count Orlov
-WWII Siege Museum, The Fabergé Museum
-The State Museum of the Political History of Russia
-Anthropology and Ethnography Museum, Dostoyevsky Memorial Museum
-Shop Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor and visit Kazan Cathedral.
-Russian Museum, State Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) & Palace Square
-Russian Academy of Art's/ St. Petersburg Academy of Arts/ Repin Institute
-Visit artist studio's: Antonin Passemard/Anatasia Dukhanina, Margarita Kolobova, Sergei Ivanov of the Leningrad School of Art
-St. Petersburg State Circus
-Kirov Ballet, Mikhailovsky Opera and Ballet Theater,  Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
DAY 15. May 22, 2016. ST. PETERSBURG
This morning check out from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

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Highlights from our 2015 Private Russian Art & Culture Tour 
Part III- Moscow
Our group on the steps of the Pushkin Museum

Assumption Cathedral on the Kremlin grounds 

The Kremlin Museum

Tour Host Stephen Justesen in Red Square with St. Basils Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and the Kremlin

The famed Bolshoi Theater
Tour hosts Igor and Stephen in front of St. Basils Cathedral

Entrance to the Renowned Tretykov Museum
Dr. Swanson sharing his vast knowledge of art

Dr. Swanson has the group enthralled at the Institute of Russian Realist Art

A relaxing cruise through the heart of Moscow on the Moscow River

I don't think anybody lost any weight :)
The New Tretykov Gallery Museum

Dr. Swanson in front of one of the masterworks of Russian Art, Arkady Plastov's "Haymaking" 1945 

Outside the famed Moscow Circus
The Moscow Circus, non-stop entertainment!

Children's musical at the historic GUM department store 

Metro mosaic by the acclaimed A. Deyneka
Inside the famed Moscow Metro

Our farewell dinner at a top Georgian restaurant 
Monument to the Great Patriotic War

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December London Russian Art Week Highlightsauciton

"Peasant Woman in a Red Dress", by Abram Arkhipov sold in London's December Russian Art Week for 1.5 million USD
Abram Arkhipov (1862-1930) led the latest edition of Russian Week with a quadruple-estimate £905,000 for his jolly 1922 "Peasant-Woman in Red Dress" at Sotheby's, while his meditative Young Peasant-Woman (1915) claimed a triple-estimate £398,500 at Christie's. Both works were painted with gusto and came fresh to the market.  
Other attractive pictures to sell well at Sotheby's - both for triple-estimate - were Stelletsky's "De l'Aube à la Nuit" (c.1920) at £401,000 and Vasily Milioti's tiny "Young Woman in a Garden" (1905) at £227,000. There was less joy for the extensive Lefebvre-Foinet Collection of works on paper by Larionov & Goncharova: Highest individual price was £38,750 for a Goncharova Study for the Triptych Bathers (c.1922) as the collection totaled£520,000.
Highlight at Christie's was a small, square, undated Fauve Bogomazov portrait of his wife at a double-estimate £182,500. There were solid prices at MacDougall's for Somov's 1922 "Repose at Sunset" and Bogdanov-Belsky's "Teacher's Name-Day" (c.1910).
Sotheby's claimed an auction record for Azeri artist Tair Salakhov: £269,000 for a 1980 version of his portrait of 5 year-old daughter Aidan on a rocking horse, originally painted 11 years before. Aidan has become an important artist in her own right - soon to be granted a solo show at the Saatchi (opens January 12).
Sotheby's were unable to sell Viktor Popkov's Three Artists (1962) against a hefty £180-250,000 estimate - but seven works by Popkov, a powerful exponent of the 'Severe Style,' sold above or in line with more modest estimates at MacDougall's - where Petrov-Vodkin's 1927 Crying Baby in ink and watercolor took £23,400. There was also concerted bidding for landscapes by Plastov, Konchalovsky, Terpsikhorov and Gritsai. Leonid Fokin's 1960 Before the Storm, crackling with cow-girl tension, fetched £13,000.
Rising demand for Soviet works was evident at MacDougall's mid-season sale last October, when Deineka's Behind The Curtain soared to £2.25m.

Catherine MacDougall noted after the sale that the "Soviet-era segment of the Russian art market is increasingly gaining popularity and is the new trend!", the gallery wholeheartedly agrees.

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