oilpainting: 114 cm x 150,4 cm

During the First World War, Edgard Tytgat fled to England. While there he took to printmaking. He illustrated the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood and other stories in coloured woodcuts and linocuts. Even after the war Tytgat retained his penchant for narrative and often humorous scenes, frequently painted in a primitive and popular style. In this work we see children on a boat mooring at a paradisiacal island where St Nicholas is waiting for them. The image on the boats sail refers to the passage in the Bible where Christ says: Suffer the little children to come unto me. The artist portrays himself amidst the playing children in the walled garden on the island. He did a woodcut of the same subject in the same year.