Neillot was born in Vichy in 1898. He was drafted and wounded in the First World War. When he came home from the front, he took on painting definitely.

     Although he follows classes at the municipal art school of Vichy, and after his arrival in Paris, at an academy of the Clichy Boulevard, his real masters are to be found among the impressionists, the painters of the Caillebotte collection, the authors of the museum masterpieces that he often visits, and above all Van Gogh and Cézanne whose paintings are for him a revelation.

     From then on, despite extreme financial difficulties which forced him to enroll in a factory, he mostly worked between Paris, Île-de-France and Bourbonnais, even if other regions, like Provence, did at times attract him.



     In 1928, he settles down at la Ruche (Dantzig Passage, in the 15th quarter). In spite of the precarious conditions, he lives with his family and meets his sculptor friends Couturier, Damboise, Dideron, as well as some painters from Montparnasse.

     In 1934, he is awarded a workshop, in the 13th quarter (Now called « La cité fleurie »). He will live there until 1972.

Neillot, then the youngest member of the Independents Salon committee beside Luce and Signac, is noticed at the Autumn Salon, in 1943, by Louis Valtat. His art flourishes during this period where force, color and poetry come forth.

He will pursue his work until the end of his life in 1973 in a workshop on Procession Street (in the 15th quarter).


     Neillot finds a lot of motifs in the surroundings of Paris, Clamart, Meudon, the Chevreuse Valley and especially the region of Meaux, Coulommiers and the valley of Petit Morin.



     He makes several visits between 1927 and1940 to the vicinity of Cusset. After the war, from 1946 to 1958, he spends his summers near Vichy at Creuzier-le-Neuf, where the orchards, the wheat and the abandoned uncultivated fields are his favorite themes.

     As of 1958 and to the end of his life, he spends a few months a year in his house of the « orchard » in Saulcet, near Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule ; he particularly paints the flowers and trees of the garden he created himself.


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