Reprint of Ralcy Husted Bell's original book published by G. P. Putnam's Sons of New York in 1914. Included in the 2011 edition is a reproduction of a cabinet photo of Ranger (ca.1890) taken by New York City photographer Napolean Sarony (1821-1896) and a complete index of artists, collectors, dealers, critics, writers and acquaintances discussed by Henry W. Ranger during his conversations with the author.
“Henry W. Ranger, an eminent American landscape painter and long-time leader of a group of artists known as “Tonalists,” has been induced to talk on his views of painting by Dr. Ralcy Husted Bell, who has carefully transcribed his discourses and arranged them in a neat little book called Art-Talks with Ranger. The artist's experience, deductions, reminiscences, as well as his methods, are touched upon in a modest, generous and sane spirit, and the book is a worthy and enlightening contribution to the literature of the technic of painting. Mr. Ranger defines tonality as harmonious modulations of color.”
- The Independent
November 23, 1914
“Art Talks with Ranger by Ralcy Husted Bell… will set forth in a conversational manner the views of Henry W. Ranger upon many phases of the history and the methods of art. Mr. Ranger has long held an important place in the art circles of this country, and his vigorous and independent personality has interested and inspired so many of the younger artists that this collection of his ideas and convictions will be sure of a welcome.”
- New York Times Book Review
Ralcy Husted Bell, M.D. (1869-1931) was a native of New York. He studied at the Medical College of Maine, Atlanta Medical College, Dartmouth College, in Paris, and practiced medicine in Atlanta, St. Louis and New York. He was a member of the National Press Club; editor of Moody's Magazine of Medicine; editor of The Raven, a medical journal devoted to the philosophy of living; and associate editor of the Medico-Legal Journal. A well-known nature writer and patron of the arts, he gave up medicine to pursue travel, literature and publish poems. He spent summers at his home, Sycamore Lodge, near the artist colony in Centre Bridge, PA. Tragically, he was the victim of his own gun that was rigged to prevent vandals from stealing from his garden.
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