1 known variant impression of state VII, outside the edition on fabric
Proof after the illustrated book edition of state VI on paper, and outside the illustrated book edition of state VII on fabric.
This impression is part of a set of plates printed in red on paper, but none of the impressions in this set are initialed and therefore the set is not considered a completed series. There is another set of plates, from c. 2003, printed in red on silk, with no signatures. This set is also not considered to be a completed series.
There are several unpublished but signed formats of “The Laws of Nature:” a series on fabric, printed in black, in 2 known examples; a series on fabric, printed in red, in 1 known example; and a series printed on a scarf, with plates in a different order, printed in black. (See the Evolving Composition Diagram.) The states of the plates within the various series sometimes differ from the states of the plates within the published edition.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state VI in engraving: female figure's hair reinforced; male figure's right heel and left calf reconfigured; lines reinforced overall.
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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