Louis Neillot (1898-1972), an artist working in the style of Fauvism, was the son of a gardener-florist, Jean Neillot, and Louise Barghon. Mobilized at the end of the First World War; he was gassed, recovered and then moved to Paris where he began to frequent the arts and literary circles of the capital. He returned in the summer Bourbonnais, where he was inspired by the landscapes; he stayed first near Cusset, then from 1946 to 1958 in Creuzier-le-Neuf; finally, from 1958, he came to spend several months a year at Verger, in a house he owned in Saulcet. But the landscapes of the Paris region are also present in his work: heights of Clamart and Meudon, Chevreuse valley, valley of Petit Morin.
He was one of the occupants of La Ruche1 (1928-1934). He then moved to 65 Boulevard Arago, in the Cité fleurie, where he remained almost until the end of his life. He was a friend of Jean Dreyfus-Stern. He was vice-president of the Salon des Independants (where he exhibited regularly) He also exhibited at the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Tuileries.
When he died in 1973, he was considered the “last representative of Fauvism” He is buried in the Saulcet cemetery, near Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule.
His work mainly includes still life, landscapes and nudes, as well as the flowers and trees of his orchard garden. The influence of Cezanne is indicated by the power of colors, but also by a strong structuring. Neillot also illustrated books, such as Raymond Escholier’s The Salt of the Earth in 1937 or François Mauriac’s Les Anges noirs in 1938.
Auction records show sales up to $10,000.