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The exact nature of the relationship of the pair is unknown, though it does not seem to have been Cassatt showed the painting to Degas and asked for advice. Degas invited Cassatt to exhibit her works with the Impressionists in and had a particular focus on the relationship of mother and child. It is thought that Cassatt underwent a treatment of radium inhalations, a therapy used for many. To celebrate the closing day of its Degas/Cassatt exhibition, October 5, , how the relationship between American Mary Cassatt (–) and to each other for advice and challenging each other to experiment with.

An X-ray of the painting reveals brush strokes unlike Cassatt's regular strokes. In her novel I Always Loved You, author Robin Oliveira imagines a passionate scene between Edgar Degas — a French artist known for his paintings of dancers — and Mary Cassatt — an American painter known for her scenes of family life.

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The kiss in the novel is pure fiction, but then again, "nobody knows what goes on in their neighbor's house, let alone what happened between two artists years ago," Oliveira says. It's possible that Cassatt's use of unconventional materials inspired Degas' textured surface on Portrait after a Costume Ball National Gallery curator Kimberly A.

Jones says it was a passionate but platonic aesthetic attraction. So what was the relationship between this American in Paris, and a Frenchman, 10 years her senior, who was known and respected in artistic circles? They met in At 33, Cassatt was studying painting in Paris. At 43, Degas' work was on view around town.

So he really did change her path. In At the Theater, Cassatt incorporates metallic paint with gouache and pastel.

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Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty "He helped her switch from the academic style of painting that she had been trying to learn — which was sort of the standard across Paris — and encouraged her along into the impressionist style, the impressionist brush stroke, the use of color and light.

The subject matter changed. They called themselves "independents" and labored over their work. A year after meeting Degas, Cassatt made a painting that was a real break in her style.

Little Girl in a Blue Armchair is full of Degas' influence. First of all, he brought the girl to Cassatt — she was the child of his friends. In a pretty dress, she sits slumped in a chair, hand behind her head and legs spread apart.

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In At the Theater, Cassatt incorporates metallic paint with gouache and pastel. Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty "He helped her switch from the academic style of painting that she had been trying to learn — which was sort of the standard across Paris — and encouraged her along into the impressionist style, the impressionist brush stroke, the use of color and light.

The subject matter changed. They called themselves "independents" and labored over their work. A year after meeting Degas, Cassatt made a painting that was a real break in her style. Little Girl in a Blue Armchair is full of Degas' influence.

First of all, he brought the girl to Cassatt — she was the child of his friends.

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In a pretty dress, she sits slumped in a chair, hand behind her head and legs spread apart. She looks bored, exhausted and not at all dainty or proper. Other big blue chairs and a sofa are in the room — "like bumper cars," Jones says. A window in the corner may show Degas' direct influence.

In a letter written long after she made the work, Cassatt told her dealer that Degas came into her studio and worked on the painting with her. Looking for evidence, National Gallery conservator Ann Hoenigswald used X-rays, infrared imaging and magnification to study a diagonal — unusual in a Cassatt background — that builds across the canvas from that rear corner window.

They were these sharp, small, quick strokes that we weren't seeing anywhere else," Hoenigswald says. Degas frequently painted and sketched Cassatt. Above, he captures her at the Louvre, in Cassatt's influence on Degas can be seen in a painting with an unusual mixture of media — pastels, oils and metallic paint.

Cassatt was the first to use metallic paint on canvas; ordinarily it was for decorating crafts.