My mother has had this painting for most of my life and I'd like to know a little more about the artist. The picture is over 4 feet high.
Bonus question is this print. My brother would like to know who it was painted by.
The landscape is by Clive Madgwick.
For the first, the best bet is to get someone who reads Chinese, as the text you photo'd always says the artist's name (and the Chinese calendar year it was made on and where), as should the stamp under/next to it at least.
With the Chinese Peony painting, the best my Chinese friends could come up with is "Huang" for the surname and the rest is too stylised to read. Knowing it is Huang isn't helpful as it is one of the most common surnames in China. I think you might need to ask someone that studies art history or something to read those characters.
Could it be that the first one is just a long lost streetartist.
Well I posted on reddit - looks like I need a better picture.
It's very pretty and done nicely. I'd rather it wasn't by anyone famous as it might then have to be sold and I want to keep it.
Someone suggested Lin Jia, 1874-1939, but the seals are completely different. I don't think it's top bracket, but I'm, still curious. My friend from Singapore is going to ask another friend as that's not her dialect - she only reads Mandarin.
Another one. Again not top drawer, but it travelled the world with us and was chosen by my Dad, who didn't have an artistic streak in him, bless. Late 1970s, acrylic on canvas. It was rolled up and professionally mounted back in the UK. I can't read the signature, but I don't expect the artist to be well known. The picture changes depending on the weather outside, my kid brother is keeping this one as well as the etchings (rats), which I haven't taken photos of yet. Funny how it's only when you get the pictures you grew up with that you really want to find out more about them. I know all about the Snelling water colour as I gave it to my mother, and the limited edition prints by Vernon Hurford.
Er, Black Spot, you shouldn't be using the seals as reference. Those can be put on by just about anyone (with money) after the painting is out on the market.
On that note, the characters do look oddly...Simplified to me. I'll see about having a parent take a look at it when they have the time.
The bee and flower painting:
To my eye it isn't a particularly fine example, but there is a certain calligraphesque (?) verve to the strokes at the bottom. But the leaf shapes at the top are kind of blunt and don't show mastery of pressure or direction in the brushstroke.
You can buy paintings of that quality unframed for $5 bucks a pop in any city in China. They are churned out in workshops and sold to tourists and restaurants.
Not trying to belittle your painting, it's a nice object on the wall, and gives you pleasure so it's all good. I wouldn't worry about suddenly discovering it is a master work and having to sell it.
I have two puzzling candidates here, too. I bought both drawings very cheaply, 4 euros each, at an antique book and art dealer in Florence, Italy in 2009, because they looked really nice and like 300 years old.
But maybe they're just good fakes and no older than fifty years. The price certainly speaks for that. What do you think?
Scanned in 300dpi here (big files!)
I wish Eric Hebborn was still alive. He'd be able to tell. Hell, maybe he did these!