Subject:Re: Chinese scroll artwork - assist with identification and translation
Posted By: rat Tue, Jun 29, 2021
The painting is signed as being by Deng Ruqiong, a H1 19th c. painter from Guangdong province in southern China (so he may be also known by a romanization of his name as pronounced in Cantonese, which I don't know). Here are some other landscapes attributed to him: http://www.artnet.com/artists/deng-ruqiong/
It comes with a dedication by the painter to someone who is named only with a pseudonym, so it may be difficult to discover who that person actually is. It is not dated.
He is painting in what's often called the "literati" tradition of amateur gentlemen artists, who consciously incorporated the styles of earlier artists in their own works. The mountains are textured using what's called "hemp fiber" brushstrokes, and with a little reading you can figure out that he is linking his work stylistically to Yuan painters such as Huang Gongwang through the lens of Qing orthodox landscape paintings by people such as Wang Shimin and Wang Jian. The figure on the bridge might be an extension of the artist, but part of the game is to put yourself in that figure's shoes.
The condition is not great; you may want to have it remounted, though this can be quite expensive these days outside Asia.