Educated at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1896, Schou worked primarily with animal scenes and landscapes. Schou was particular known for his animal portraits and was considered one of Denmark’s finest animal artists during his lifetime. In the beginning of Schou’s career he worked in the country painting farm animals. Later he worked on circus scenes and became known for his many portraits of circus animals featured at Circus Schumann in Denmark. Schou was very fond of horses and did many series of works depicturing horses during their training and horses performing at shows. In 1905, Schou purchased the manor house “ Havnø” where he begun a small artists colony during the summers. Among the many young artists came who to live and work there, where Sally Philipsen, Einar Olsen, Aage Lønborg-Jensen, Lauritz Mikkelsen and Henrik Schouboe. Schou also spend a great deal of time travelling and working abroad. Schou worked in Holland and England in 1896, and travelled frequently to Paris and Italy from 1901 until 1931.
Charlottenborg: 1902-1914 and 1954.
The Artists Fall Exhibition: 1907-1911.
Gallery Christian Larsen: 1920.
Aalborg Museum: 1934.
Aarhus Gallery: 1962