1878 Seurat enters the École des des Beaux-Arts studying under Henri Lehmann who had been a pupil of Ingres.
1879 Visits the Fourth Impressionist Exhibition which has a profound influence on him. Starts one year’s military service and is posted to Brest.
1880 Returns to Paris.
1883 A drawing by Seurat is accepted for exhibition at the Salon.
1884Bathers at Asnières is rejected by the Salon but the painting is shown at the first exhibition of the Sociéte des Artistes Indépendants.
1886 Seurat exhibits various works at the eighth (and last) Impressionist Exhibition, chief among them the huge A Sunday Afternoon on the island of La Grande Jatte, which is again exhibited later in the same year at the second Sociéte des Artistes Indépendants. Paints at Honfleur in the summer.
1888 Seurat visits Normandy, where he paints at Port-en-Bessin.
1889 Works at Le Crotoy in Normandy.
1890 Seurat’s mistress Madeleine Knob loch gives birth to their son. Few of his associates are aware of their relationship. Works at Gravelines in the summer.