1839 Born in Aix-en-Provence the son of a prominent businessman.
1852 At school, he meets Émile Zola who becomes a close friend.
1857 Enrols at the École Municipale du Dessin in Aix.
1859 Under pressure from his father he studies law at the University in Aix. His father buys an estate near Aix, the Jas de Bouffan, where Cézanne sets up a studio.
1861 Moves to Paris after abandoning university. Attends the Académie Suisse.
1862 After a period back in Aix Cézanne returns to Paris.
1869 Meets Hortense Fiquet, a nineteen-year-old model who becomes his mistress.
1870 At the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war he quits Paris for L’Estaque near Marseille.
1871 Returns to Paris after the fall of the Commune.
1872 Hortense gives birth to a son (Paul). Cézanne hides his son’s existence from his father. Moves his family to Pontoise where he works outdoors with Pissarro who he thought of as his master.
1873 Stays with his family in Dr Gachet’s house in Auvers-sue-Oise. Meets van Gogh.
1874 Exhibits at the First Impressionist Exhibition where his paintings come in for particular criticism from the press.
1877 Shows 16 works at the Third Impressionist Exhibition. The critics are again scornful and he resolves not to take part in further group shows.
1878 Moves to live in L’Estaque but makes annual trips to Paris.
1881 Works with Pissarro again in Pontoise.
1886 Cézanne falls out with Zola after the publication of the latter’s novel L’Ouvre in which Cézanne recognises himself as the main character, a failed artist. Marries Hortense in April. His father dies in October.
1890 Spends five months in Switzerland with his family.
1892 Buys a house near the forest of Fontainebleau.
1894 Visits Monet at Giverny where he meets Rodin and Georges Clemenceau.
1895 Ambroise Vollard shows 150 works by Cézanne.
1896 Spends two months at Taillores on the Lac d’Annecy.
1899 Sells the Jas de Bouffan and moves to a flat in Aix; his wife and son remain in Paris.
1901 Builds a studio at Les Lauves on a hill overlooking Aix.
1903 Exhibits seven pictures at the Vienna Secession.
1904 At the Salon d’Automne Cézanne’s paintings fill a room.
1906 Dies at Aix-en-Provence.
late 1860s The Stove in the Studio, London, National Gallery
1873 House of the Hanged Man, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1873 Dr. Gachet’s House, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1873 A Modern Olympia, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1877–80 Self Portrait, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1879 A Farmyard at Auvers, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1879–80 Still Life with Fruit Dish, New York, MOMA
1879–80 Poplars, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1885 L’Estaque, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
c1885 The Bather , New York, MOMA
c1885 The Bay of Marseilles seen from L’Estaque, Chicago, Art Institute
1885–7 Five Bathers, Basel, Kunstmuseum
c1887 Montagne Sainte-Victoire, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries
1888 Avenue at Chantilly, London, National Gallery
Late 1880s The Pool at the Jas de Bouffan, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1888–90 View of the Domaine Saint-Joseph, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1888–90 Boy in a Red Waistcoat, Washington DC , National Gallery of Art
1890 Still Life: Milk Jug and Fruit on a Table, Oslo, Nasjonalgalleriet
1892 Bathers, St Louis, City Art Museum
1893 The Basket of Fruit, Chicago, Art Institute
c1894 Still Life with Plaster Cast , London, Courtauld Institute Galleries
1892–5 The Card Players, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries
1895 Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Armchair, Chicago, Art Institute
1890–95 The Card Players, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1896 An Old Woman with a Rosary , London, National Gallery
1896 Lac d’Annecy, London, Courtauld Institute Galleries
c1897 Apples and Oranges, Paris, Musée d’Orsay
1904 The grounds of the Château Noir, London, National Gallery
1894–1905 Les Grand Baigneuses I , London, National Gallery
1905 Château Noir, Paris, Musée Picasso
1900–06 Bathers, London, National Gallery
1904–06 Mont Ste-Victoire, Philadelphia Museum of Art
1906 Mont Ste-Victoire, Zurich, Kunsthaus