Collection Online
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
151.0 × 251.2 cm
Inscription
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: Schenck.
Accession Number
p.307.6-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1880
© Public Domain
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

Exhibited Salon, Paris, 1878, no. 2026; with the Artist's Association, London, 21 November 1879; from where purchased by Agnew's (dealer), London, stock no. 1323; from where purchased, on the advice of Alfred Taddy Thompson, for the NGV, 21 November 1879; arrived Melbourne 1880.



August Schenck spent most of his career in France, specialising in painting landscapes and animal subjects. For over thirty years he was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salons, where Anguish was first shown in 1878. In Anguish, Schenck has given the sheep clearly recognisable human characteristics, such as determination and sorrow, so that the viewer immediately identifies with its predicament and emotions. Schenck is here examining a broader human condition in the context of an animal painting.

Colourmen

Colourman
COLIN
Location
Lower and centre right reverse of canvas (twice)
Transcription
COLIN/Couleurs Fine/Place du Louvre/19/Rue des Pretres/A PARIS
Medium
Ink stencils

Frame

August Friedrich Albrecht SCHENCK
Anguish (c. 1878)
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
Date
1878
Materials

Cast plaster, wood and gold leaf

Condition

good original condition

About

The frame on Schenck’s Anguish (purchased 1880 for £1,200) is with little doubt the frame in which the painting was shown at the Paris Salon of 1878. It is in scale and grandeur every bit a Salon frame. All the decorative work is cast and the gilding intended to create the impression of solid metal.