A very dense body of work, almost
3000 paintings and watercolors,1473 of which are itemized as of today.
Neillot’s work moves across three large periods :
- The first one (1920-1929) is characterized by its concern for rigorous construction, sometimes leading to a certain stylization, but color is also already quite asserted.
- The second one (1930-1945) is dominated by the quest for a certain quality of pictorial texture, through compositions where the balance of forces - as an echo of his veneration for Cézanne - is sustained by the richness, the density of texture, and where color, in the tones of ocher and green, attest to a certain solemnity regarding nature.
- The third one (1946-1973) reveals an ever-strong acclamation of color, but never at the expense of composition. It conveys liveliness to Neillot’s painting, an explosive power that allows him to powerfully express nature’s rhythms as well as the joy experienced in the bind between the being and the earth.
In his very dense work, there are mostly landscapes and still lives, but we shouldn’t forget the nudes, the figures and the watercolors.
Besides Île-de-France and Bourbonnais, several regions attracted Neillot : Causses, Cévennes, Charente, Lyonnais, Normandie, and above all Provence which he particularly liked.
A synthetic view of Neillot’s work shows that he was undeniably influenced by Fauvism, and that his goal was to enrich and surpass the conquests of that movement.
Rigor, balance, control of volumes convey to his painting another breadth and another vision