Proof before the editioning of state VIII on paper and of state IX on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: male and female figure's features slightly delineated. Additions in red ink: male figure's hair, Adam's apple, and genitals delineated; female figure's hair and shoes delineated; male and female figure's features further delineated; groundline delineated; all anticipating state III; female figure's necklace and breasts delineated, anticipating state IV.
The artist told printer Felix Harlan that the figures in this series are playing an adult version of a French children's game, known as "faire des galipettes," meaning to do somersaults. In fact, the expression "faire des galipettes" is also slang for having sex, a punning reference that Bourgeois must have enjoyed.
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