1900

Kurt Seligmann is born July 20 in Basel, Switzerland.
 

1920

Studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, Geneva.
 

1927

Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Florence.
 

Late 1920s

Moves to Paris.
 

Mid-1930s

His work begins to take on a more baroque style.
 

1935

Meets and marries Arlette Paraf.
 

1936

Travels the world during a year-long honeymoon.
 

1937

André Breton formally accepts him into the Surrealist group Abstraction-Création.
 

1938

Travels to North America and British Columbia.
 

1939

Flees Paris and moves to New York. His first New York exhibition is held at the Karl Nierendorf Gallery.

 

1939-40

Teaches at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn and Briarcliff Junior College, Westchester. Helps many Surrealist artists flee to New York including André Breton, André Masson, Paul Eluard and Pierre Mabille.

1940

He and his wife move to Sugar Loaf, New York.
 

1940s

His work evolves and becomes more mature. He contributes regularly to the Surrealist periodicals View and VVV.
 

1941

Participates in the exhibition “The First Papers of Surrealism.”
 

1942

Participates in the “Artists in Exile” exhibition at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York.
 

1944

Produces a limited edition of six etchings illustrating the myth of Oedipus.
 

1948

Publishes The Mirror of Magic.
 

1949

He and his wife travel to Paris for the last time.
 

1950

Becomes a United States citizen.
 

1958

Retires from teaching at Brooklyn College.
 

1962

Dies at home in Sugar Loaf, New York on January 2 from an accidental gunshot wound.