This 1887 painting by William Quiller Orchardson reveals its story pretty immediately, especially in combination with its title: The First Cloud.
One of three paintings in a series depicting the perils of marriages of convenience, First Cloud shows the first spat between a wealthy man and his slightly younger wife.
The point isn’t particularly subtly made—according to Christie’s, the piece was displayed alongside a few lines of Tennyson:
"It is the little rift within the lute
That by-and-by will make the music mute.”
Yet the emotions of the scene are subtly conveyed, in the poses of the subjects and in the colors and the composition of the piece. To quote the Tate, “[t]he psychological rift that has grown between the couple is emphasized physically by the empty expanse of parquet flooring that separates them.”