1868 Having worked as a postal clerk while studying at the École des Beaux- Arts (his parents were not disposed to him becoming a full time artist) Bastien-Lepage leaves his job to join the workshop of the distinguished Salon artist Alexandre Cabanel.
1870 Has a painting accepted for exhibition at the Salon. Joins the army at the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War and is severely wounded.
1874 Two paintings are accepted by the Salon.
1878 The Hay Gatherers receives mixed reviews when exhibited at the Salon.
1880 Joan of Arc is exhibited at the Salon. The Hay Gatherers is exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery in London.
1882 Bastien-Lepage is working in Concarneau in Brittany where he is at the centre of a large group of British and American admirers.
1884 Dies in Paris of stomach cancer.
1885 A large retrospective exhibition of his work is held in Paris.