Proof before the editioning of state IX on paper and of state X on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state V in drypoint: curving ground line delineated; male figure's mouth and eyes further delineated; female figure's hair and male figure's hair, further delineated; female figure's left nipple delineated; her shoes further delineated. Additions in red ink: interior of female figure's hair filled in, anticipating burnishing in state VIII.
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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