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Elie Nadelman

Tango

1920–24

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What do you think this couple is doing? How do you know?

What are they wearing?

In which direction do you think the couple is moving? How can you tell?

Which details did the artist include? What did he leave out?

Describe what you think might happen next.

Elie Nadelman, Tango, 1920–24  88.1a-c
Elie Nadelman, Tango, 1920–24. Painted cherry wood and gesso, three units, 35 7/8 × 26 × 13 7/8 in. (91.1 × 66 × 35.2 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Altschul Purchase Fund, the Joan and Lester Avnet Purchase Fund, the Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch Purchase Fund, the Mrs. Robert C. Graham Purchase Fund in honor of John I.H. Baur, the Mrs. Percy Uris Purchase Fund, and the Henry Schnakenberg Purchase Fund in honor of Juliana Force  88.1a-c For Teachers