The perceived similarities between these two paintings have caused many a contention in my set. I think it is as simple or as complicated as having an artist's life. They would have shared a vein and bleed on the tapestry of life in a similar manner. Here allow me to provide a clarity. Imagine if you will a groupie for a late 60’s to early 70’s rock band. Chances are what you conjure won't be identical to my interpretation but I would wager the farm that there will be a degree of truth that is accepted by all.
I would even go so far as to say more than half of you called to mind Pamela Des Barres, Bebe Buell, Marianne Faithfull or Kate Hudson in 'Almost Famous'
You know some bombshell without a brassiere.
Peder Severin Kroyer's Marie de perfil 1891
A proper fit
You ought to be bluer than indigo now I’m in bloom
So unlike the days when you would rouse to drench me in blush with no more than lustful stare
You wanted no more than my constant thought
My persistent want
For me to insist on forfeiting any life that did not include you
I could not abide your fanatical devotion and had in effort to free myself of you
Peeled from my body in violent desperation all you had touched
Leaving you an open wound susceptible to tender
You flinch at kindness due to my answer to your love
Abbott Handerson Thayer's Young Woman (Bessie Price) 1897