Tango: The Art History of Love (Paperback)

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In this generously illustrated book, world-renowned Yale art historian Robert Farris Thompson gives us the definitive account of tango, ""the" fabulous dance of the past hundred years-and the most beautiful, in the opinion of Martha Graham."
Thompson traces tango's evolution in the nineteenth century under European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and African influences through its representations by Hollywood and dramatizations in dance halls throughout the world. He shows us tango not only as brilliant choreography but also as text, music, art, and philosophy of life. Passionately argued and unparalleled in its research, its synthesis, and its depth of understanding, "Tango: The Art History of Love" is a monumental achievement.

About the Author


Robert Farris Thompson is Colonel John Trumbull Professor and Master of Timothy Dwight College, Yale University.

Praise For…


“Thompson . . . inflames us with his reverence for the form.” –Mikhail Baryshnikov

“Thompson helps us understand the way artistry and ancestry combine to make an art form of the body.” –The Washington Post


"Elegant. . . . Uplifting and timely. . . . Thompson rescues tango from a one-dimensional tristesse, mining in its working-class origins emotions of defiance, freedom, self-control, humor, love, and redemption." –Foreign Affairs

"[Thompso treats tango as narrative art, literature and way of life. . . . By extensively tracing the lines of this 'rich suite of moves,' Thompson's work gives a dance started in the early 1900s the weight of a centuries-old form." –Newsweek

Product Details
ISBN: 9781400095797
ISBN-10: 1400095794
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: December 5th, 2006
Pages: 360
Language: English