Nineteenth century artists like Edouard Manet, Gustave Flaubert and Edgar Degas sought perfection of subtle observation. Degas reflects concern for movement and expression in his dancers of the Paris Opera including the ballet line. It has been said that Clendenin's ballet images capture the emotion and exhilaration of the dancer. These characteristics set Clendenin apart from other impressionist painters.

Painting and drawing the ballet has been a lifelong desire of Clendenin because of the drama, color and fluidity of motion. "Music seems to flow and engulf my brushes," states Clendenin, "thus guiding the direction of the ballet illustrations." "I find myself going beyond the dance to bring out the feelings of the diva's in the execution of memorable movements that can be captured in the illustration."

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