Proof before the editioning of state IX on paper and of state X on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state VI in drypoint: male figure's eyes reconfigured. Additions in white gouache, black ink and pencil: figure's arms and hands reconfigured, anticipating state VIII and IX.
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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