1867-1890 After a childhood spent at Fontenay-aux-Roses, in the family home at Le Grand-Lemps (Isère) and studies in Paris, in 1887 Bonnard registers at the Académie Julian, where he meets Paul Sérusier, Maurice Denis, Henri-Gabriel Ibels and Paul Ranson.
In 1888 Sérusier shows his friends a small oil work painted in Pont-Aven ‘under Gauguin’s guidance’ entitled The Talisman. Formation of the Nabis group. In 1889, Bonnard enters the École des Beaux-Arts, where he meets Ker-Xavier Roussel and Édouard Vuillard.
In 1890 an exhibition of Japanese art is held at the École des Beaux-Arts.
1891 Debut exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants. He will henceforth be a regular participant.
1893 Meets Maria Boursin (Marthe de Méligny), who will become his model.
1894 Draws a poster for La Revue blanche. Becomes acquainted with its director, Thadée Natanson and his wife, Misia (née Marie Godebska), as well as with Odilon Redon.
1896 First show at Durand-Ruel’s. Participates with Vuillard and Maillol in the salon at the Libre-Esthétique in Brussels, at which he will exhibit frequently. Première of Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi, with music by Claude Terrasse and sets and masks by Bonnard, Sérusier, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard, Ranson and Jarry himself.
1900-1902 Exhibits at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune with Denis, Maillol, Ranson, Roussel, Vallotton and Vuillard.
1903 Takes part in the 16th Vienna Secession exhibition. Exhibits three pictures at the Salon d’Automne. Henceforth, he will exhibit there regularly.
1906 Participates in the 9th Berlin Secession. First solo exhibition at Bernheim-Jeune’s. Begins four decorative panels for Misia Edwards (formerly Misia Natanson). Leo and his sister Gertrude Stein purchase Sleep, which hangs in their apartment in rue de Fleurus.
1907 Moves to Vernouillet.
1908 Presents works at the first Golden Fleece show at the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. His lithographs for Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe are unveiled at the 16th Berlin Secession.
1909 First long stay in the South of France, in Saint Tropez, where he joins painter Henri Manguin. Visits Matisse in Paris where he sees La Danse for the first time.
1910 Commission from Ivan Morozov for a decor on the landing of the great staircase in his Moscow residence. Prior to installation, The Mediterranean triptych is presented at the 1911 Salon d’Automne. Participates at the Sonderbund Westdeutscher Künstler in Düsseldorf and at the 21st Berlin Secession.
1911-1912 Stays in the South of France (Saint Tropez, Grasse…). In 1911, Arthur and Hedy Hahnloser present Bonnard works from their collection at the exhibition ‘Kunstwerke aus Winterthur, Privatbesitz’.
1913-1917 Works in Saint-Germainen-Laye, Vernon and in the South of France. In 1914, shows in exhibitions at the Kunsthalle, Bremen and at the Berlin Secession. In 1917, solo exhibition at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery. In 1917, finishes Summer for the Hahnlosers’ residence at Winterthur.
1919 Publication of two important studies on Bonnard, by François Fosca and Léon Werth respectively. Death of the artist’s mother.
1922-1923 Stays in Le Cannet, then in Vernon. In 1922, he sends Sleep to the 13th International Exhibition in Venice. In 1923, embarks on a series of nudes (Pink Nude at Her Bath, Large Nude at Her Bath…)
1924-1925 In 1924, retrospective at the Galerie Druet (68 pictures). In 1925 participates in exhibitions organized by Bernheim-Jeune: at the Pavillon-Studio and at the ‘International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts.’ Weds Marthe.
1926-1927 Acquires a house in Le Cannet, ‘Le Bosquet’, setting up home there the following year. Commences large landscapes (Landscape at Le Cannet… ). Goes to the United States (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Washington, where he meets his collectors Duncan and Marjorie Phillips). Exhibitions at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery.
1928-1929 In 1928, first major solo exhibition in New York, at Hauke’s. Paints Terrace at Vernon, Landscape at Le Cannet, Standing Nude... Stays in Le Cannet, Grasse, Grenoble, Vernon... Travels through Normandy and Brittany.
1930 Presents seven paintings at the exhibition ‘Painting in Paris’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York Exhibition ‘Modern French Art’ at the Bristol Royal Academy.
1932 Large-scale exhibition ‘Bonnard and Vuillard’ at the Kunsthaus in Zurich.
1935 Participates in the exhibition ‘Artists of Paris’ in the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. Presents Dining Room on the Garden at the Salon d’Automne.
1936 Participates in the Salon des Indépendants, at the exhibition ‘Painters of La Revue blanche’.
1937 Shows 33 pictures at the exhibition ‘The Masters of Independent Art
1895-1937’ at the Petit Palais, under the auspices of the ‘International Exhibition of Decorative and Industrial Arts in Modern Life’. Works on The Large Bathtub.
1938 Exhibition of Bonnard and Vuillard at the Arts Institute of Chicago.
1939-1941 Correspondence with Matisse. Death of Vuillard. First sketch for the Dark Nude; Dina Vierny is the model.
1942-1944 Marthe Bonnard dies in 1942. Exhibition of Bonnard and Vuillard at the Rosenberg Gallery in New York in 1943.
1946 Solo show at the Bernheim-Jeune Gallery (34 paintings). Appears in the exhibition ‘Le Noir est une Couleur’ at the Galerie Aimé Maeght.
1947 Pierre Bonnard dies in Le Cannet.