French Artist (1898-1973)
Oil on Canvas dated 1924
22 x 27 in.
Museum of Modern Art, Musee du Petit Palais, Musee Carnavalet, Paris; Musees de Lyon and Tours, France; Private Collections in U.S., Venezuela, Brazil, Germany, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Egypt, Venezuela and Luxembourg
J. Bouret: In Praise of Louis Neillot. Ed. Manuel Brucker, Paris, 1962; Rene Barjavel: Neillot, Ed. Lineal, Paris, 1975
After living at the artist’s colony La Ruche in Paris from 1928 to 1934, Neillot successfully exhibited his work at the Salon d’Automne and Salon des Tuileries, and was honored with a retrospective of his oeuvre at the Salon des Independents in 1932. He was awarded the prestigious Prix Blumenthal in 1932, and the was given an exhibition of over 100 paintings at the Delarue Gallery in Paris followed by a major show in Madrid in 1933 which launched his international career. The International Gallery in Chicago hosted a retrospective for him in 1960, followed by exhibitions in L.A., Detroit and New York and Miami where his paintings were featured alongside those of Matisse, Derain and Bonnard.
Neillot is considered one of the last representatives of Fauve painters. His application of complementary colors in the service of chromatic intensity mirrors the style of Matisse and Derain. The effect of his color contrasts is heightened by the pulsating pattern of brushstrokes that define the forms, which appear in a highly structured compositional format that was inspired by Cezanne. Louis Valtat stated: ‘Neillot’s work is a combination of vibrant color, powerful brushwork and poetic inspiration. He is the Stravinsky of painting.’