The River Leie is a recurring theme in the work of the painter Valerius De Saedeleer. This artist had already settled in Sint-Martens-Latem on the Leie in 1898 and it is there that he developed his personal style: compositions built up using large areas of colour with the occasional fine detail, smooth brushwork and sparing use of paint. The striking thing about Storm over Sint-Martens-Latem is the broad, elongated format, which emphasises the wideness of the landscape. The village of Sint-Martens-Latem is reflected in the waters of a bend in the slowly flowing river far off on the illuminated horizon. This work radiates a meditative gravity, and its broad composition and the angle from which De Saedeleer painted his subject also give it a great and monumental restfulness.