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: groundline and female figure's hair, features, and necklace, delineated; male figure's features and hair delineated; female figure's right hand delineated, and male figure's left hand, further delineated. Additions in red ink: male figure's hair further delineated and his Adam's apple delineated, anticipating state V; female figure's hair further delineated, anticipating state III; her shoes further delineated, anticipating state VI; her hair further delineated, anticipating state III; her shoes further delineated, anticipating state VI; her necklace re-configured, anticpating 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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