Proof before the editioning of state IX on paper and of state X on fabric.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state VII in drypoint: female figure's right arm and hand, and left hand reconfigured; male figure's right arm reconfigured. Addtions in black ink: male figure's left hand, and female figure's right and left thumbs reconfigured, anticipating state 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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