Originally Frisian painter Egnatius Ydema lived almost all his life in The Hague. In his robust landscapes, mood and tonality demonstrate solidarity with the Hague School. Together with a quirky color palette, this led to a very recognizable own style. Initially, in the 90s, Ydema mainly painted canals and lakes in South Holland. Around 1909 he bought a Staverse gig, for which he found a berth in Grouw. From that time on he regularly went to Friesland to go out on the lakes. Frisian villages on the water, wide canals and boats are now his subject. Ydema's work was already very popular in his time, so much so that it was forged.