1904 Born 2nd May in Culan, in the Cher, the Centre region of France.
1913 While visiting his parents in Paris he goes to the Louvre of his own volition.
1914-18 Spends WWI in country with his grandparents.
1918 Starts living in Paris. His father believes that the best future for his son is to learn a skilled trade, and so apprentices him, first to a typographer, then to a maker of modern furniture. With great difficulty Estève studies drawing at evening classes run by the City of Paris.
1923 Runs textile design studio in Barcelona after violent rows with father about his chosen vocation.
1924 Returns to Paris and attends the open studio at Colarossi Academy in Montparnasse, and spends time in Louvre studying the work of the Primitives. He develops a Passion for Cézanne, and meets Camille Richez, with whom he lives until her death in 1965.
1928 He falls under the influence of surrealism. Especially Giorgio de Chirico, and gradually abandons working from life.
1929 Takes part in the 'Salon des Surindépendants' and shows there regularly until 1938. Struggles to make a living, and paints when he has a little money.
1930 Leaves his studio in his grandfather's home in rue de Fouarre, and rents a studio owned by the City of Paris, at Porte de Vanves. Has first one man show in November, at Galerie Yvangot in Paris, showing 26 paintings from the period 1928-1930.
1937 On the advice of Braque, Gösta Olson, Director of the Svensk-Franska Konstgallerist in Stockholm, invites Estève to take part in an exhibition 'Peinture Française' in March, alongside Braque, Matisse, Picasso, Juan Gris and Léger. The Göteborg Konstmuseum buys 'La Femme au Bain de Pieds' (1933). He is also invited by Jacques Villon to the 22nd exhibition of the group ' Artistes de ce temps' at the Petit Palais in Paris, where the work of Lipchitz, Georg, Desnoyer and Adam is also shown. He assists in the execution of large murals by Robert and Sonia Delauney for the Railways and Aviation pavilions at the Paris International Exhibition. During the work a small exhibition is held in a disused garage, in honour of a visit by Henri Matisse, who notices Estève's canvases.
1938 André Lhote picks out Estève's work in a review of a group exhibition at the Galerie l'Equipe. Also takes part in 'Paris 1938' at the S.V. Gallery in Prague, with Beaudin, Borès, Delauney, Léger, Lurçat, and Masson.
1939 Moves to studio in rue Lepic, Montmartre, after being evicted from his studio for not paying the rent. Called up and goes to Brétigny.
1940 Demobilised in Auch.
1941 Meets Louis Carré, who buys several paintings from him.
1942 Give exclusivity to Galerie Louis Carré.
1945 Meets Henri Laurens
1946 First meets Fernand Léger
1952 Starts making colour lithographs with 'Jour de fête' at l'Atelier Clot, a technique that he continues to explore at l'Atelier Desjobert in 1954, and, from 1955, at lAtelier Fernand Moulot
1955 Leaves Montmartre for a studio in VI ème arrondisement, not far from Odéon. Starts using one room at his childhood house in Culan as a studio. After his father's death he goes there to work each summer.
1956 Editions Galanis produces first monograph, by Pierre Francastel.
1957 Designs stained glass window for the church in Berlincourt, in the Swiss Jura.
1963 Designs tapestries for I. Iynedjian, in Lausanne.
1965 Awarded the 'Grand Prix National des Arts'. To avoid the award ceremony he leaves immediately for Culan.
1974 Monograph by Joseph-Emile Muller is published by Editions Fernand Hazan, Paris, in the series 'Ateliers d'Aujord'hui'
1982 Donates a large number of his works, and an association is set up to find a suitable home for them.
1983 Marries Monique Prudhomme, whom he met in 1967 in Culan, in the craft workshop she set up.
1985 The city of Bourges agrees to retore the Hôtel des Echevins and make it into the Estève Museum.
1986 Issue of a French postage stamp showing a reproduction of 'Skibet' (1979).
1987 Inauguration of Estève Museum.
1995 Publication of catalogue raisonné.
2001 Dies in Culan, 26th June.
1930 Galerie Yvangot, Paris.
1948 Galerie Louis Carré, Paris.
1955 Galerie Galanis, Paris.
1956 Retrospective, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.
1960 Galerie Villand-Galanis, Paris.
1961 Retrospective, Kunsthalle, Basel. Tours to Kunstverein, Düsseldorf, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo.
1965 Neue Galerie, Zurich.
1973 Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
1973 Neue Galerie, Zurich.
1974 Galerie Claue Bernard, Paris.
1977 Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
1978 Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
1981 Touring show, Musée Cantini, Marseilles, Musée de l'Etat, Luxembourg, and Musée de Metz, Metz.
1982 Galerie Monique Prudhomme, Culan.
1983 Proposition pour une Rétrospective, Maison de la Culture, Bourges. Tours to Musée Bertrand, Châteauroux.
1984 Tribute to Estève, Salon d'Autumne, Paris.
1986 Retrospective, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Grand Palais, Paris. Toured Oslo and Tübiden.
1987 Inaugeration of the Estève Museum, Hôtel des Echevins, Bourges.
1990 Galerie Louis Carré, Paris.
1992 FIAC with Galerie Louis Carré, Paris
1994 Galerie Louis Carré, Paris.
1998 Galerie Louis Carré, Paris.
2001 Galarie Tendances, Paris.
2002 FIAC with Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
2003 Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
2003 Lés étapes de la Creation, Estève Museum, Bourges.
2005 Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris.
2005 Le Monotype, un forme de l'unique, Estève Mueum, Bourges.
2006 Monotypes de Maurice Estève, 1963-1964, Galerie Daniel Gervis, Paris.
2006 Maurice Estève 1904-2001, Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Monotypes, The Redfern Gallery. London.
1929 Salon des Surindépendents.
1930 Salon des Surindépendents.
1931 Salon des Surindépendents.
1932 Salon des Surindépendents.
1933 Salon des Surindépendents.
1934 Salon des Surindépendents.
1935 Salon des Surindépendents.
1936 Salon des Surindépendents.
1937 Salon des Surindépendents.
1937 Peinture Française, Svenska-Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm.
1938 Salon des Surindépendents.
1938 Galerie l'Equipe, Paris.
1938 Paris 1938, S.V. Gallery, Prague.
1943 Galerie de France, Paris.
1945 Galerie Louis Carré, Paris.
1946 Stedelijik Museum, Amsterdam.
1947 Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Musée des Beaux Arts, Liège, Belgium.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, France.
Musée Estève, Bourges, France.
Musée Bertrand, Châteauroux, France.
Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France.
Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar, France.
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Le Havre, France.
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France.
Musée Cantini, Marseille, France.
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Metz, France.
Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France.
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Villa de Paris, Paris, France.
Musée-Fondation Françoise et Souza Desnoyer, Saint-Cyprien, France.
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano, Italy.
Musée de Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway.
Nasjonalgalleriet, Oslo, Norway.
Göteborg Kunstmuseum, Sweden.
Fondation Thyssen-Bornemisza, Lugano, Switzerland.
Tate Galleries, London, United Kingdom.
Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, New York, USA.