ALBERT (OR ALBRECHT) SCHENCK (1828-1901)
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IN THE STUBBLE FIELDS (1875) or
UN CHAMP DE CHAUME

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This is Datapage 07 re Auguste (or August) Friedrich (or Frederic) Albrecht (or Albert) Schenck.

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And here is the engraving I used for the Lake Applet - 'In the Stubble Fields'. Complete. Slightly sharpened. I wish that I could tell you what it sold for in early 2002 but alas I cannot since I did not retain that data if I ever even knew it. But it might interest you to know that copies of the print were available, in late 2002, at Abebooks.com at U.S. $235 and Alibris at U.S. $281.95. Both stated that the print dates from 1883. Abebooks.com even had an image available. Read on!

The Webmaster is not trying to sell anything to anybody. But he does search for 'Schenck' items on a regular basis. So I comment that in Mar. 2003, such a print, offered by 'lineart' did not sell at its initial offering price of U.S. $9.99. It was presumably offered again by 'lineart' and was sold at U.S. $14.99 in Apr. 2003. Quite a wide range of prices! And another copy was sold in May, 2003 by 'roadrunnerbooks' for U.S. $13.06. And probably sold many times after that. I'll not record every one since you now have a good idea of the e-Bay values. But I should mention that in Feb. 2005 martin2001 had the print available again. It sold for U.S. $19.00. And a copy sold in May 2006 for U.S. $5.99 only. Values are truly all over the map!

Jim Martin's fine website of antique prints can be seen through his e-Bay store. Do drop by! And, if you can give me a source of additional data about the artist, or can provide data as to where the original painting is today located, I would truly welcome your input.

I now have learned that Gebbie & Co. of Philadelphia published in 1883 'In the Stubble-Fields' as part of a 'Masterpieces of French Art' print series. I would presume that Goupil & Co. would have published the print at the same time or maybe even earlier in Europe and maybe elsewhere in the world. The words which are in italics above came, I see, from the descriptive material that was published with that print. But not the balance of martin2001's delightful text.

The webmaster is not proficient in the French language, far from it, but has seen a reference to published prints entitled a) 'Un champ de chaume, d'après {A. F. A. Schenck}' and b) 'Un champ de chaume (souvenir d'Auvergne), d'après {Schenck}' was on a long-gone webpage. The first is date referenced as Aug. 28, 1875, re the works shown in the 1875 Paris Salon. The second is referenced Jun. 30, 1877.

It is the webmaster's current belief that the title so referenced i.e. 'Un champ be chaume' IS the work which is titled in the English language 'In the stubble fields' and is featured on this page. The word 'chaume' means stubble or straw, and the term 'toit be chaume' means a thatched roof. Certainly the year 1875 ties in perfectly. And the white text next below, dating from 1884, refers to a stubble field singular rather than plural stubble fields. Can anyone who has the knowledge to comment tell me if my conclusion is in fact correct?

From time to time, the webmaster receives messages from visitors to these pages who also have an interest in our dear artist. So it is that I am now able, courtesy of Linda, to provide the additional text which is in the book entitled 'The Masterpieces of French Art', Louis Viardot, et al. Volume ii. Gebbie & Co. Publishers. 1884. p. 33. Linda, we thank you so much! The 'Salon of 1855', indeed 'Salon' generally, means the annual or biennial art exhibition held in Paris, France. To have one's work accepted for display there was quite an honour, I understand.


SCHENCK (AUGUST-FREDERIC-ALBRECHT). Born at Gluckstadt, 1828. Although of German birth, M. Schenck is a Frenchman by adoption. After having engaged in business pursuits in England and Portugal, he settled in France, and became a pupil of Cogniet. He made his début at the Salon of 1855, and soon became noted for the truthfulness and charm of his delineations of animal life. Among his works are: Repose on the Sea-shore (1864), purchased by the State; The Awakening (1865), in the museum of Lille; Lost (1873); A Stubble Field (1875); Return to the Park, and A Corner of Auvergne (1877); Anguish (1878); L'Echir, or Snow Squall in the Auvergne Mountains (1880); Geese (1881). A critic writing in the "Figaro," June 1878, says: "All the world to-day regards Schenck as one of our first animal painters. He  is one of those originals, of a species not yet extinct, who prefer dogs to men, and find more sweetness in sheep than in women. . . . Retired to Ecouen, to a farm, he lives in the midst of oxen, dogs, goats, asses, horses, sheep of all types, races, and species; cares for them, cultivates them, loves them, and above all, studies them, as never artist studied his models. . . . He has penetrated the inmost recesses of their souls, which he knows how to show us in pictures of striking truth." M. Schenck received a Salon medal in 1865, and is chevalier of the orders of Christ of Portugal and of Isabella the Catholic.

If you can give me a source of additional data about the artist, or can provide data as to where any more of his original paintings are today located, I would truly welcome your input.

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