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'Lovers' belongs to a group of works known collectively as the Paris Black Paintings, which Spero created relatively early on in her career. In them female presences or ethereal lovers are suspended in dark, indeterminate spaces. The works are pervaded by an impression of melancholy which reflects the artist's existential outlook. A sense of profound alienation from society, and a political radicalism, have informed much of her work. In particular, Spero has commented on the position and depiction of women in western culture by drawing on classical mythological, anthropological and popular imagery. She has always maintained a forcefully feminist perspective, on the historical past as well as the present.

September 2004