Changes from state I in drypoint: extended rear right leg to cross behind foreground leg. Additions in pencil and correction fluid: extended and widened the legs, rounded the body, and added a head, anticipating state III. Additions in blue gouache: filled in the body, anticipating state IV.
State IV of this composition was published as a benefit for the Beyeler Foundation, Riehen/Basel, Switzerland.
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "Patte Cassée / Broken leg. / Friendly Spider: The snake curled around one of its leg and sits there. Sept."
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