1841 Born on 25 February into the family of the Limoges tailor Leonard Renoir.
1844 Renoir’s family moves to Paris.
1848-1854 Goes to school and sings in the choir of Saint-Eustache , where Charles Gounod was choir-master.
1854 Works in the porcelain-painting workshop of the Levy brothers.
1858-1860 Copies Watteau, Fragonard and other masters of the past in the Louvre.
1862 Enters the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Studies at Charles Gleyre’s studio. Meets Monet, Alfred Sisley, Frederic Bazille
1863 Leaves Gleyre’s studio.
1864 Exhibits the paining Esmeralda at the Salon.
1866 Completes his first large painting At the Inn of the Mother Anthony.
1870-1871 On the declaration of the Franco-Prussian War, Renoir is drafted as a common soldier.
1872 Meets Paul Durand-Ruel. Exhibits his painting Parisiennes Dressed as Algerian Women at the Salon.
1873 Exhibits Raiders in the Bois de Boulogne at the Salon des Refuses.
1876 Exhibits 15 paintings at the Second Impressionist Exhibition. Paints Garden in the Rue Corot, Montmartre, Nude, the Ball at the Moulin de la Galette.
1877 Exhibits 21 paintings , including Portrait of Jeanne Samary at the third Impressionists Exhibition.
1879 Exhibits Portrait of Madame Charpentier with Her Children and Portrait of Jeanne Samary. First one-man show at the gallery of the magazine La Vie Moderne
1880 Meets Aline Charigot.
1881 Journeys to Algeria and Italy. Paints The Luncheon of the Boating Party.
1883 Retrospective exhibition (70 works) on the Boulevard de la Madeleine.
1885 Birth of son Pierre. Paints portraits of senator Goujon’s children.
1886 Durand-Ruel arranges an exhibition of 39 paintings and pastels by Renoir in New York.
1887 Completes the Great Bathers.
1892 Retrospective exhibition at the Galerie Durand-Ruel (110 works).
1894 Bith of son Jean.
1901 Birth of son Claude.
1915 Aline Renoir dies in Nice.
1919 Pierre-Auguste Renoir dies on 3 December in Cagnes-sur-Mer.