This painting depicts a white-robed scholar sitting in a thatched hut by a cliff. In front are decorative rocks with a massif rising behind. Surrounded by a fence and trees, they line up on one side towards the river with layers of mountains in the distance on the other. The brushwork for the figure and hut are thin and delicate, the brush movement for the landscape elements being quick and rapid while the structure relatively loose and disordered. In the upper left are a Huang Gongwang seal and his signature “Dachi,” which is a later spurious addition.
The rocks in the lower right corner and the large alum-head mountains in the distance are all done in stiff and straight texture lines that directly intersect. With the moss dots in dark ink embellished as trees, it is similar to the landscape method of expression used by Lan Ying (1585-1664). As a result, this work is probably an imitation done by a late Zhe School painter of the late Ming or early Qing period.