The man holds the woman on her both hands and seems to be saying something emotional. What is not clear is whether the man is returning from foreign war all state assignment that may have kept them apart for long or he is an ex-heart-breaker who has returned after realising the value of the woman he left behind. The facial expression of the two shows a connection between them, but the despair and suffering on the young man's face show that they must have separated for a while. The woman doesn't look directly to the man's eye suggests that she may have lost hope for reunion, but her calmness shows a willingness to accept the young man's proposal.
The style used in the painting is romanticism. Romanticism as a form of art started in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth century as a revolt against Neoclassicism. The movement was purely a rejection of the precepts of rationality, idealisation of at the time through the disregard of the formal rules and traditional procedures in art. Romanticism gave artists the freedom of imagination and emotion in their work. Most of the romantic paintings were about nature and humans as part of nature.
The current location of the artwork is at the Leighton House Museum, London. The building was the London home of Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton. The painting was presented to the museum by Miss Mary Dicksee in 1929. Frank Dicksee may have learned painting from his father, Thomas Dicksee, who was also a painter. The father introduced Leighton and his sister to art at a young age, hence inspiring them into choosing art as a career. Leighton later joined the Royal Academy in 1870 where he learned from great painters like Sir John Everett Millais and Frederic Lord Leighton. Literary works of Shakespeare also inspired him as he interpreted the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. His career was successful to the point of becoming the Royal Academy's president in 1924.