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Mary Cassatt used her sister Lydia Cassatt (July 23, 1837 – November 7, 1882) as the model for some of her paintings, such as Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge. Cassatt and her sister were both living in France in 1877. Around this time Cassatt became close friends with Degas, and his influence can be seen in her work. Lydia never married, the man she loved was killed in the Civil War. Lydia is the main character in Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper, by Harriet Scott Chessman, who also wrote The Public Is Invited to Dance, a book about Gertrude Stein. Lydia Cassatt died of Bright’s disease in 1882.
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