Because the composition of this painting seems incomplete, it is possible that it was trimmed or cut at an earlier time. However, from this portion, it is evident that the complete composition was rich and full of details. However, the texture strokes and ink washes have been applied so that the overall painting appears flat and lifeless. For the tree branches, dark ink washes stand out starkly compared to the white portions indicating snow. These traits all belong to Yin Hung, an artist greatly influenced by Lu Chi. The dull and uninteresting brushwork further prove that this is certainly not by Ch'ien Hsuan.
Ch'ien Hsuan (style name Shun-chu ; sobriquets Yu-tuan, Cha-hsi-weng, etc.) was a native of Hu-chou, Chekiang. Achieving the rank of chih-shih at the civil service examinations during the Southern Sung, he left officialdom at the beginning of the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368) and took to painting and calligraphy. He studied Chao Ling-jang and Chao Po-chu for landscape painting, Chao Ch'ang for bird-and-flower painting, and Li Kung-lin for figure painting. He became a master equally skilled as the famous artists of the past.