Subject:Re: Chinese watercolour of Zhouzhuang? and artist and seal question
Posted By: I.Nagy Wed, Jan 13, 2021
Pictographic or portrait seals are like kindergarden signs, mostly visualizing animals (in this case it is a running deer - if I am right)), birds, fishes, etc. It is used by artists who don't want to reveal their identities, but they reveal the user's character.
Leisure seal is a seal that expresses the artist's
favorite word(s), motto, phrase, citation etc.In this case the artist wanted to emphasize that he or she is specializing on painting of the eight scenic spots along the river.
There are dozens of artists who make a living by painting such pictures in the four major water towns near Shanghai. That's why there is no way to identify the artist without proper signature and seal.