1834 Born in Paris, the eldest son of a banker.
1854 Instructed in the studio of Louis Lamothe who had been a pupil of Ingres.
1855 Attends the École des Beaux-Arts.
1856 Begins a lengthy visit to Italy where he stays with members of his extended family in Naples and Florence. He also visits Rome for long periods.
1859 Visits Siena and Pisa accompanied by Gustave Moreau. Then returns to Paris.
1862 Meets Manet while engaged in copying paintings in the Louvre.
1865 Exhibits the Misfortunes of the City of Orléans at the Salon.
1870 Degas enlists in the National Guard during the Franco-Prussian War.
1872 Travels to New Orleans where members of his family are cotton traders.
1874 Degas exhibits ten works at the independent show which later becomes known as the First Impressionist Exhibition.
1876 Shows 24 works at the Second Impressionist Exhibition.
1879 At the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition Degas has 20 paintings on show together with a number of decorated fans.
1881 At the Sixth Impressionist Exhibition his wax sculpture of a Little Dancer aged Fourteen causes uproar with critics who suggest that it ought to be in an anthropology museum rather that an art show.
1886 Increasingly at odds with many of his former Impressionist friends he sends only 10 works to the last group exhibition.
1894 The Dreyfus affair (Degas was fiercely anti-Dreyfusard) leads gradually to the loss of a number of friends.
1912 Enduring failing eyesight and poor health, no works are produced after this date.
1917 Dies in Paris (September).
1858–60 The Bellelli Family, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1864 Portrait of the Artist with Ävariste de Valernes, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1865 A Woman with Chrysanthemums (beside a Vase of Flowers), New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1868–9 Interior (The Rape), Philadelphia Museum of Art
1869 A Carriage at the Races, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts
1871 The Rehearsal, Glasgow, Burrell Collection
1872 Madame René de Gas, Washington DC, National Gallery of Art
1872 Children on a Doorstep (New Orleans), Copenhagen, Ordrupgaardsamlingen
1873 Portraits in a Cotton Office, New Orleans, Pau, Musée des Beaux-Arts
1874 Two Dancers on a Stage, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries
1874 Ballet Rehearsal on the Stage, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1875 The Dancing Examination, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1875 Vicomte Ludovic Lepic and his Daughters (Place de la Concorde), Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
1876 Absinthe, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1876 The Ballet Scene from Meyerbeer’s Opera Robert le Diable, London, V & A
1876 The Dance Class, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1877 Women on a Café Terrace, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1877 The Star, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1877 Ballet Rehearsal, Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum
1878 Singer with a Glove, Cambridge MA, Fogg Art Museum
1879 Mlle La La at the Cirque Fernando, London, National Gallery
1878–9 The Rehearsal, New York, Frick Collection
1878–9 Jockeys Before the Start, Birmingham, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
1879 Portrait of Edmond Duranty, Glasgow, Art Gallery and Museum
1879 Portrait of Diego Martelli, Edinburgh, National Gallery of Scotland
1880 The Green Dancer, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza
1880s After the Bath, Woman drying herself, London, National Gallery
1882 Dancers in the Rehearsal Room, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1882 Dancer and Woman with Umbrella Waiting on a Bench, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum
c1882 At the Milliner’s, New York, MOMA
1884 Women Ironing, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1884 The Millinary Shop, Chicago, Art Institute
1886 Woman Combing her Hair, Saint Petersburg, Hermitage
c1886 Hélene Rouart in her Father’s Study, London, National Gallery
1890 Woman Combing her Hair , Paris, Musée d’Orsay
c1890 Woman ironing, Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1892 The Billiard Room at Menil-Hubert, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie
1896 After the Bath, Malibu, J Paul Getty Museum
c1910 At the Milliner’s, Paris, Musée d’Orsay