Born in Paris in 1820, Alexandre Schoenewerk was a pupil of David D’angers, de Joulivet and de Triqueti. Between 1845 and 1878 he was awarded four prizes at the Paris salon, at which he exhibited regularly. Schoenewerk enjoyed the royal patronage of the Princess Mathilde under the second empire and was made Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 1863. Deeply passionate about his art , he flung himself to his death from a third story window when his Salomé failed to impress at the 1885 Salon.
E. Benezit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et gravures, Gründ, Paris, vol. 12, p. 495