Oscar-Claude Monet Chronology

1840, November 14th, the birth of Oscar-Claude Monet in Paris. 


Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 1886

Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 1886



Monet moves with his family to Le Havre


Monet exhibits some of his caricatures at an artists’ materials shop

Death of Monet’s mother Louise


The Man in the Small Hat
c. 1855-1856
Graphite on tan paper (ivory wove card)

The Man in the Small Hat c. 1855-1856 Graphite on tan paper (ivory wove card)



Monet meets Eugène Boudin who introduces him to painting “en plein air”

Monet exhibits a painting of Rouelles in Le Havre at the Société des Amis des Art


Monet visits the Paris Salon for the first time and continues landscape painting


Monet moves to Paris and enrolls at the Académie Suisse

Monet meets influential painter, Camille Pissarro


Flowers, 1860

Flowers, 1860



Monet is drafted to serve in the cavalry regiment of the 1st Chassuers d’Afrique in Algeria. Monet is inspired by the North African light and landscape.


Monet becomes gravely ill and is relieved of military service to recuperate in Le Havre. His Aunt is able to pay for his permanent release form military service and Monet resumes artistic training in Paris.


Hunting Trophies

Hunting Trophies


Monet starts painting in Chailly near Barbizon. This same year the Salon des Refusés is held at the Palais de l’Industrie. 

Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon), 1864

Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Siméon), 1864


Monet’s paintings are submitted for the first time to the official Salon.

Camille Doncieux, his future wife, and Bazille pose for Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe (the Picnic).


Monet suffers depression due to stress over money and tries to drown himself.Monet recovers and receives a commission from the Gaudibert family of Le Havre.

Monet receives four silver medals for his paintings and moved with his family to Etretat, not far from Le Havre.


On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt,



Monet again runs out of money and moves to Saint-Michel


Monet marries Camille on 28th of June. The war begins and Monet leaves many of his paintings with Pissarro as the Franco-Prussian War is beginning.


Camille Monet on a Garden Bench

Camille Monet on a Garden Bench, 1873



Monet moves to London when the war begins.

Monet meets Durand-Ruel in London with Pissaro and Daubigny.

After the death of his father, Monet moves to Argenteuil after visiting the Netherlands.

The Church at Vétheuil

The Church at Vétheuil


1872 Monet paints “Impression Sunrise”/ “Impression Soleil Levant” in the port of Le Havre. 


Impression, Sunrise

Impression, Sunrise


Monet decides to start an independent society of artists called the “Société anonyme.” He recruits artists: Pissarro, Sisley, Jongkind, Renoir, Cézanne and Morisot. Only Manet opposes the idea.


Exhibits “Impression, Sunrise” for the first time. Art Critic, Louis Leroy coined the term “Impressionism” after this painting. This is seen as the first Impressionist Exhibition.


Monet holds a second exhibition with the Société anonyme and meets Ernest and Alice Hoschedé while staying at their country home “Chateau Rottenbourg”


Birth of Michel Monet.

Monet and his family settle at Vétheuil with the Hoschedé family.


Death of Camille.


The family moves to Poissy.


Monet rents a house at Giverny (Where he will live for 43 years)


Monet exhibits in New-York because of Durand-Ruel


Monet exhibits with Rodin


Monet purchases a house in Giverny


Death of Ernest Hoschedé.Monet paints the series of Meules (Haystacks) and of Peupliers (Poplars)


Wheat stacks, Snow Effect, Morning

Wheat stacks, Snow Effect, Morning


Monet paints the Rouen Cathedral series

Marries Alice Hoschedé (now Alice Monet) in July


The Cathedral of Rouen

The Cathedral of Rouen, the gate seen from the front


Monet is visited in Giverny by Mary Cassatt, Cézanne, Rodin, Clémenceau and Geffroy.


Monet paints several views of the Japanese bridge.

He takes several painting trips to London


Monet travels to Madrid and admires the paintings of Velasquez.


First problems with his eyesight.

Monet travels to Italy, discovers his love of Venice


Death of his wife, Alice


Death of Jean, Monet’s eldest son. Blanche moves to live near Claude Monet.


Monet works on twelve large canvases of Water Lilies.


Monet has an operation for a cataract in one eye, which has made him nearly blind. His vision is slightly improved after the operation.


Monet working on water lilies, near end of life

Monet working on water lilies, near end of life



1926At the start of the year Monet is still painting but suffers from lung cancer.Monet dies on December 5th and is buried at Giverny.


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