1840 November 14 Oscar-Claude Monet is born in Paris, France.
1845 Monet and his family move to the Normandy region of France. He wants to be an artist.
1856 Monet takes painting lessons, including painting en plein air, or outdoors.
1861 June Joins the military and spends two years in Africa. After becoming sick, he was sent home to recover where he began painting again.
1862 Studies under Charles Gleyre in Paris. Becomes friends with Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, and Frédéric Bazille.
1866 Paints The Woman in the Green Dress and showed it in the Salon. Some mistake it for a painting by Manet causing Manet to dislike Monet.
1870 June 28 Marries Camille Doncieux in Paris.
1870 September As the Franco-Prussian War starts, Monet moves to England and sees paintings by John Constable and Joseph Mallord William Turner. Meets fellow painter Pissarro.
1871 May Monet moves to the Netherlands and continues painting.
1871 December Moves to Argenteuil, France where he lives until 1878.
1872 Painted Impression, Sunrise the painting that gives Impressionism its name.
1874 April First Impressionists exhibit in the studio of photographer Félix Nadar.
1875 Monet paints Woman with a Parasol.
1879 September 5 Camille Monet dies.
1892 July Monet marries Alice Hoschedé.
1892 Winter Starts painting the Rouen Cathedral series.
1883 Moves to Giverny, France.
1890 Summer Begins painting the Haystacks series.
1890 Monet buys land in Giverny and begins developing his garden.
1892 February Begins Rouen Cathedral series.
1897 Paints Water Lilies, a subject he would work on for the rest of his life.
1900 February Begins Houses of Parliament series.
1908 Travels to Venice with his wife, Alice, and paints View of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice by Twilight among other paintings.
1911 Alice dies.
1916 Monet begins painting the large Water Lilies including the panorama paintings and triptychs.
1926 December 5 Monet dies of lung cancer at the age of 86.
Sketch of Woman and Umbrella
Waterlilies at Giverny
"It took me time to understand my water lilies. I had planted them for the pleasure of it; I grew them without ever thinking of painting them." Claude Monet Quotes