He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and afterwards in Paris, specializing in painting landscapes and animal subjects, which were often seen as a metaphor for human relationships and society. These included several snowy, winter landscapes depicting sheep struggling for survival, such as Anguish.
- Schenck died in Écouen near Paris on January 1, 1901.
With Anguish, (see above), a brave ewe stands defiantly over the limp body of her lamb. Blood from the lamb’s mouth trickles on to the snow. The pair is encircled by a mass of menacing black crows. The situation appears hopeless, despite the bravery of the ewe.
- The painting belongs to the National Gallery of Victoria International collection.