Proof before the editioning of state IX on paper and of state X on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state III in drypoint: female figure's hair further delineated. Additions in red ink: curving ground line delineated, anticipating state VI. Addition in black ink: male figure's right arm reconfigured, anticipating state V; female figure's features delineated, anticipating 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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