Proof before the editioning of state IX on paper and of state X on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: female figure's right shoe delineated, and left shoe further delineated. Additions in red ink: male figure's hair delineated, anticipating state III, his Adam's apple delineated, anticipating state VII; female figure's hair and necklace further delineated, anticipating state III; her features delineated, anticipating state V.
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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