Latem and Deurle were also a meeting place for artists, art lovers and writers in the twenties of the last century. PaulGustave Van Hecke fierce defender of modernism in Belgium possessed a country retreat (villa Malpertuis) on the banks of the Leie, where the friendly artists were always welcome. Gust. De Smet and Frits. Van den Berghe lived there for a long time. Even then internationally known artists such as Marc Chagall and Ossip Zadkine came to visit. On holidays did the black and white flag of Ghent flutter? the colors of the freebooters ?? on the canopy of the house. Edgard Tytgat (18791957), in his typically playful, naïvetelling way, suggested one of the many Sundays that artists found each other there. Marc Chagall and his wife are in the back of the sloop that is being steered by Léon De Smet with his luxuriant gray hair. At the front of the boat, Frits Van den Berghe and Oscar Jespers are engaged in a lively conversation while on the left Gustave De Smet shows his skills as an archer. Hippolyte Daeye in immaculate white helps Norine Van Hecke land while P.G. Van Hecke awaits guests with drinks and music. Edgard Tytgat himself has withdrawn into the upper room of the mansion. From 1920, Edgard Tytgat became the scintillating narrator printmaker and illustrator with a very own world of inspiration: scenes from daily life circus funfair folklore and folktales. By the choice of themes the impression of awkwardness and the fresh frank and humorous character his work deserves a very special place in Belgian art history.