Picture Analysis - Bank Holiday

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“Bank Holiday” is painted during the Edwardian era in 1912 by the Scottish painter William Strang (03/02 1859 - 12/04 1921). At around 1910 Strang painted images of people he knew, e.g. his family or friends, wearing fashionable clothing, in imaginary settings to convey the aspects of heterosexual relationships. Strang has, deliberately, understated “Bank Holiday” for ambiguousness. In the painting we see; a sharply dressed man looking down in (what I assume is) a menu, a nicely dressed woman looking at the man, both are sitting down at a table. We also see; a man in a tuxedo (I assume he’s a waiter), some sort of black pet, presumably a dog, yellow and pink flowers. On the table, there are; orange flowers, a small plate in front of the man, a knife and some sort of a goblet? In the background, to the left, we can see an old man, though only his head and hand, since he is behind some sort of green roof support pillar. In the background to the left we see various liquors. The table, the woman, the man, the pet and the flowers are in the foreground well lit, but as for the background it’s very obscure and barely lit at all. The woman looking at the man could suggest that they’re currently on a date, though seemingly an awkward one, since the man and the waiter is looking down. The woman’s look seems eager yet displeased. Her arms are on the table, making her interest in him more prominent. Her cheeks are red, so either she is blushing and/or wearing make-up. The latter seems likely, since her skin is incredibly pale, and her lips are red. That and the clothes suggest that she is a part of the upper-class and her white gloves may be a sign of refinement and/or disdain of bacteria, dirt and filth. The man is wearing a brown suit with a brown bowler hat, which is quite Victorian/Edwardian-esque. The man look show disinterest in his surroundings, including the woman.
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