||July 19: born in Paris, son of
Auguste de Gas, a banker.
||Attends Lycee Louis-le-Grand.
||Mother dies. Father takes him to
museums and fosters his gift for drawing.
||Studies law for a short time, then
enrolls in studio of Louis Lamothe, an ex-pupil of Ingres.
||Enrolls at Ecole des Beaux Arts,
Paris. Meets Fantin-Latour.
||Travels to Italy, staying in Rome,
Naples, and Florence.
||Visits Italy again and stays with
his uncle in Florence, where he makes first studies for the group portrait,
The Bellelli Family.
||Produces several history
paintings, including Spartan Boys
and Girls Exercising.
||Paints In the Orchestra Pit.
||Franco-Prussian War. Called up
and serves in an artillery unit in
a fortress near Paris.
||Begins to paint the ballet, visiting
rehearsal rooms of dancers.
||Takes part in organizing the first
Impressionist Exhibition, and
shows ten paintings.
||Paints Dancer Curtseying and
Cafe-concert at the Ambassadeurs.
||Visits Spain. Works on etchings
with Mary Cassatt and Pissarro.
Paints racecourse scenes and
Miss Lala at the Circus (1879).
||Shows wax statuette of dancer at
sixth Impressionist Exhibition. Produces sculptures, lithographs,
monotypes and pastels.
||Produces paintings and pastels of
milliners and laundresses.
||Visits Le Havre and Dieppe and
meets Gauguin. Eyesight worsens. Experiments with
different media and concentrates on painting dancers and women
at their toilet.
||Eighth and last Impressionist
Exhibition. Shows pictures of women washing.
||Shows series of pastel landscapes.
Eyesight continues to deteriorate, and works only with great
||Lives in seclusion, almost blind.
House in the rue Victor Masse is demolished in 1912 and he is
forced to move. His paintings are now fetching very high prices.
||September 27: dies at the age of