- Birth of Claude Oscar MONET on November 14th in
- The family moves to Le Havre.
- Death of his mother Louise Monet.
- Claude Monet meets Eugène Boudin who encourages him
to paint out of doors.
- Monet comes to Paris and enters the Swiss Academy.
- Monet meets Pissaro and Courbet.
1860 - photo Carjat
- Monet discovers Manet's painting and paints "en
plein air" in the Fontainebleau forest.
- Monet stays in Honfleur with Boudin, Bazille,
Jondkind. He meets his first art lover : Gaudibert.
- Monet's paintings are submitted for the first time
to the official Salon. Camille Doncieux his lady friend and Bazille
pose for Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe (the Picnic).
- Birth of his first son Jean Monet while Claude Monet
is in Sainte-Adresse.
1867 portrait by Carolus Duran
- Monet tries to commit suicide. He receives a pension
from Mr Gaudibert. He paints in Fecamp and Etretat.
- Monet settles in the village of Saint-Michel near
Bougival where he paints in company of Renoir.
- Monet marries Camille, Courbet is his witness. They
take refuge in London when the war begins.
- Monet meets Durand-Ruel in London with Pissaro and
Daubigny. Death of his father. Monet settles at Argenteuil
after visiting the Netherlands.
1874 by Manet
- Monet meets Caillebotte.
- Monet exhibits "Impression : sunrise" at
the first Impressionist exhibition in the studio of Nadar.
- Monet meets Ernest and Alice Hoschedé.
- Bankruptcy of Ernest Hoschedé. Monet paints
the Saint-Lazare train station.
- Birth of Michel Monet, his second son. Monet and his
family settle at Vétheuil in compagny of the family Hoschedé.
- Death of Camille.
- The family moves to Poissy.
with a beret
- Monet rents a house at Giverny. He will stay there
for 43 years.
- Monet exhibits in New-York thanks to Durand-Ruel.
- Monet exhibits with Rodin.
- Monet purchases the house in Giverny and begins the
digging for the nympheas basin.
1899 Photo Nadar
- Death of Ernest Hoschedé. Monet paints the series of
Meules (Haystacks) and
of Peupliers (Poplars)
- Monet paints the Rouen Cathedrals
series. He marries Alice in July.
- Visit of Mary Cassatt and of Cézanne at Giverny.
Rodin, Clémenceau and Geffroy are present.
- Monet paints several views of the Japanese bridge.
He takes several trips to London and paints views of the Thames.
- Monet travels to Madrid and admires the paintings of
- First problems with his eyesight. Monet discovers
- Death of Alice.
- Death of Jean, Monet's eldest son. Blanche moves to
live near Claude Monet.
ca. 1920 by
- The artist decides to build a large studio of 23 m x
12m at Giverny.
- 1916 - 1926
- Claude Monet works on twelve large canvas, The
Water Lilies. Following the signing of the Armistice, Monet
offers to donate them to France. Theses paintings will be installed in
an architectural space designed specifically for them at the museum of
the Orangerie in Paris.
- Monet is nearly blind. He has an operation from the
cataract in one eye. His sight improves.
- In February Monet is still painting. But he suffers
from lung cancer. He dies on December 5th. He is buried in a simple
ceremony at Giverny. His friend Georges Clémenceau attends the
Monet by himself
In 1900, Monet has
become famous. On the occasion of an exhibition in Paris a journalist
of the Temps, Thiébault-Sisson, made him tell his life. On November 26,
1900 the newspaper Le Temps published this
autobiography in which Monet builds himself his
legend. The text is spicy but doesn't always reflect reality
In his studio of Giverny