De Sjees from 1926 is a key work in the oeuvre of Permeke. The cheerful light colours and warm tones contrast sharply with his dark paintings in previous years. People and animals are also transformed into large colourful surfaces by Permeke. Despite the monumentality of the figures and the horse, the work exudes a cheerful light-heartedness. The flowing mane of the horse and the elegant gait of the animal are a playful tribute to farm life.