Claude Monet Chronology

1840, Claude Monet is born on November 14 in Paris. 


Self Portrait, oil on canvas, 1886

Self-Portrait, oil on canvas, 1886


1845 Monet moves with his family to Le Havre.

1857 Monet exhibits some of his caricatures at an artists’ materials shop.

Monet's mother, Louise, dies.


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)


1858 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.

1859 Monet visits the Paris Salon for the first time and continues landscape painting.

1860 Monet moves to Paris and enrolls at the Académie Suisse.

Monet meets influential painter Camille Pissarro.


Flowers, 1860

Flowers, 1860


1861 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.

1862 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

1863 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-Sim�on), 1864

Walk (Road of the Farm Saint-Sim�on), 1864

1865 Monet’s paintings are submitted for the first time to the official Salon.

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

1868 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 moves with his family to �tretat, not far from Le Havre.


On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt

On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt,


1869 Monet again runs out of money and moves to Saint-Michel.

1870 Monet marries Camille on June 28. The war begins and Monet leaves many of his paintings with Pissarro, as the Franco-Prussian War was beginning.


Camille Monet on a Garden Bench

Camille Monet on a Garden Bench, 1873


1871 Monet moves to London when the war begins.

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

After the death of his father, Monet visits the Netherlands and then moves to Argenteuil.

The Church at V�theuil

The Church at V�theuil


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


Impression, Sunrise

Impression, Sunrise

1873 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.

1874 Exhibits Impression, Sunrise for the first time. Art Critic Louis Leroy coins the term “Impressionism” after this painting. This is seen as the first Impressionist Exhibition.

1876 Monet holds a second exhibition with the Société anonyme and meets Ernest and Alice Hoschedé while staying at their country home “Chateau Rottembourg”

1878 Birth of Michel Monet.

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

1879 Death of Camille.

1881 The family moves to Poissy.

1883 Monet rents a house at Giverny (where he will live for 43 years)

1887 Monet exhibits in New-York because of Durand-Ruel

1889 Monet exhibits with Rodin.

1890 Monet purchases rented house in Giverny.

1891 Death of Ernest Hosched�.Monet paints the series of Meules (Haystacks) and of Peupliers (Poplars)


Wheat stacks, Snow Effect, Morning

Wheat stacks, Snow Effect, Morning

1892 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

1894 Monet is visited in Giverny by Mary Cassatt, Cézanne, Rodin, Clemenceau and Geffroy.

1900�1903 Monet paints several views of the Japanese bridge.

He takes several painting trips to London.

1904 Monet travels to Madrid and admires the paintings of Velasquez.

1907 First problems with his eyesight.

Monet travels to Italy and, discovers his love of Venice

1911 Death of his wife, Alice

1914 Death of Jean, Monet’s eldest son. Blanche moves to live near Claude Monet.

1916 Monet works on twelve large canvases of Water Lilies.

1923 Monet has an operation for a cataract in one eye, which had 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


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


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