This painting was inspired by a poem called the ‘Vert-Vert’ written by Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset. The painting dates back to the 18th century and shows a passenger boat with a humoristic story behind it. A parrot, with a very refined language, was claimed by monks from a monastery in Nantes and had to travel by boat on the River Loire to get there. But on the boat, different deckhands and women of bad reputation taught him words from their vocabulary. When it arrived at its destination, the parrot swore like a real bargee!
A poem called the ‘Vert-Vert’
- Enamel plate — This enamel plate was made by one of the key players on the waterway, the charterer. He often had a few boats of his own and also offered towing services and [...]
- Housing for women and children on boa... — At the end of the 19th century, transport boats are built with housing for women and children on board. Note the coal under the floor of the small cabin. The bargee is paid according to the “tonnage” and every available space is [...]
- Inland river navigation — Inland river navigation consists mainly of transporting goods, but it must not be forgetten that it is also used to transport people. Travelling by boat was often much more comfortable and safer than travelling on bad [...]
- Decorative arts — When decorative arts meet the history of science and techniques… This 18th century earthenware is a testimonial of the age when inland water navigation was the most important way to transport goods. This earthenware represents the transport of slate on a ‘chaland’ boat, typical for the Loire [...]
- Tugging — Tugging is a traction technique of hauling barges without an engine. A chain, immersed in the river, was fixed at its two extremities. The winch boat or the tugboat, equipped with a steam engine, was attached to this chain and could pull about 15 barges. It’s the technique of that made Conflans so important at [...]