Yes J. These paintings certainly struck me as about the life cycle of women. This is a theme that has been on my mind a lot recently. Only lately have I really begun to see myself as an aging woman. It is as if I moved from the left picture to the right picture without really noticing and now I find myself at the top of the stairs going down. Am I becoming that 3rd woman up from the bottom - still looking out at the world and the future, and yet aware of how fast life has gone, and how much closer I am to the end? Why do I feel surprised?
A large part of me really likes these paintings and feels a fondness for all those females, young and old. There's another part of me that feels irritated...Why aren't the women on the balcony of the right picture still dancing? Damn...I want to dance across that balcony and down those stairs! Maybe not when I get to those last few steps...but I want to dance as long as I can.