She Did Not Turn1974 by David Inshaw
She Did Not Turn takes its title from a Hardy poem and is perhaps the most explicit painting of the series. Based directly on a landscape in the Wiltshire Downs near Devizes where Inshaw had recently gone to live, it is quite simply a painting of farewell. The rainbow, the haystack, the receding downland path, the furrowed fields all painted with astonishing clarity and intensity find the focus of their emotion in the steadfastly receding ghostly figure of the girl, becoming in their turn symbols, not simply of despair, but also of a hope based on a belief in the depth and permanence of all loving human relationships.
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