1832 Born in Paris, the son of a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Justice.
1850 Enters the studio of Thomas Couture, the academic history painter.
1856 Sets up his own studio.
1860 The Guitarist is accepted by the Salon.
1862 Concert at the Tuileries Gardens is painted in the open air.
1863 Déjeuner sur l’herbe is rejected by the Salon jury but causes a sensation when exhibited at the Salon des Refusés which has been set up specifically to exhibit the many rejections from the official Salon. Marries Suzanne Leenhoff, his piano teacher.
1865 Olympia causes another scandal when exhibited at the Salon. The brazen gaze of the naked woman causes particular offense. Saddened and frustrated by the reception of Olympia, Manet decides to visit Spain.
1867 In the face of public hostility, Émile Zola publishes an article praising Manet in the Revue du XIX siècle.
1870 Manet serves as a lieutenant in the National Guard during the Siege of Paris.
1872 Paul Durand-Ruel buys a large quantity of canvases from Manet relieving him of increasing financial pressures. Visits the Netherlands where he is much influenced by the paintings of Frans Hals.
1874 Manet’s friendship with Claude Monet grows closer and the two paint together on the banks of the Seine at Argenteuil.
1875 Travels to Venice.
1880 Manet holds a one-man exhibition at the premises of the periodical La Vie Moderne.
1882 Exhibited his last great work, The Bar at the Folies Bergère at the Salon.
1883 In early April his left leg becomes gangrenous. This is amputated but he dies soon afterwards.
1859 The Absinth Drinker, Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
1861 The Spanish Singer, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1862 The Old Musician, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
1862 Music in the Tuileries Gardens, London, National Gallery
1862 The Street Singer, Boston, Museum of fine Arts
1863 Olympia, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1863 Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1864 The Dead Christ, New York, Metropolitan Museum
1865 The Mocking of Christ, Chicago, Art Institute
1864–5 The Dead Toreador, Washington, National Gallery of Art
1866 The Fifer Boy, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1867 Woman with a Parrot, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1868 Portrait of Emile Zola, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1867–8 The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian, London, National Gallery
1869 The Balcony, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1870 Portrait Of Eva Gonzalés, London, National Gallery.
1873 The Railway, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
1874 Boating, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1873–4 Nina de Callias (The Lady with the Fans), Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1874 Argenteuil, Tournai, Musée des Beaux-Arts
1874 The Masked Ball at the Opéra, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art
1874 Claude Monet in his Studio Boat, Munich, Neue Pinakothek
1876 Portrait of Stéphen Mallarmé, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1877 Nana, Hamberg, Kunsthalle
1878 Plum Brandy, Washington, National Gallery of Art
1879 In the Conservatory, Berlin, Staatliche Museen
1880 Lady in a Fur Wrap, Vienna, Belvedere
1881 The Bar at the Folies-Bergere, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries