In the ashes
A Phoenix “…is described as a bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.” – Wikipedia
The two images are not two but one drawing on the same paper. The original first one shows a woman on her knees almost in despair and the second one instead of going down of her knees, rising. She has wings and a halo .
The wings and halo have been drawn on the back of the paper and can only be seen when the drawing is held to the light.
This is to say that when looked at with a closed mindset it seems she is dying but in light she is rising. That is why this piece is called phoenix.
It is all but a matter of perception
When on your knees do people see you dying or rising.
“Even the knowledge of my own fallibility cannot keep me from making mistakes. Only when I fall do I get up again.”
~Vincent Van Gogh