...the end of the century and of the millennium sank in deep in this graphic artist's draughtsmanship and morphology: a question arises as to the qualities of the rich greys, the position of black, and whether and how and  where light can seep through. I cannot but quote Josef Šíma at his late stage, saying that in the end he painted light only. The magnificent (I'm not afraid to use the word) cycle of Ranný's Raven Landscapes was not baptised by the American damned poet Edgar Allan Poe only, for it is also Skácel-like throughout: the many shades of darkness are almost overwhelming, and yet light of nearly cutting quality penetrates into almost all his prints...

Ludvík Kundera, Muzeum kroměřížska, 2003

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