Proof before the editioning of state IV on paper and of state V on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: female figure's features, necklace, and hair delineated; male figure's hair, features, and penis delineated. Additions in red ink: a lower ground line delineated, anticipating state IV; female figure's hair and shoes further delineated, anticipating state III; male figure's hair and penis further delineated, anticipating state III.
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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