Portraits of women by Gustav Klimt after 1900 almost resemble mosaics. The term AESTHETIC DECORATION is used mostly to describe this. It’s use means that there is no reference to the sitter’s location, family, interests, etc, as mainly their hands, face and decolletage are the only things peeking out of the geometrical patterns that surround them.
It is possible to read the portraits as the sitters being marooned from the world and many scholars have noted that the overt use of aesthetic decoration symbolizes the isolation felt by Klimt, and how he had withdrawn into himself and his art shortly after he renounced the University of Vienna commission in 1904.
Australian born artist Howard Tangye is a contemporary figurative artist who is best known for his portraits created in a mixture of pastels, water colour, and ink. His works are characterized by fluid lines that suggest movement and depth of character, as Tangye is able to perfectly capture his subject’s personality with only a few strokes of his pen. Tangye’s background is in fashion, having completed a degree at Central Saint Martins before carrying out a post-graduate degree at Parsons School of Design in New York. Tangye is now a senior lecturer and director of Womenswear on the BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins, and has worked with some of the most renowned designers in the fashion world, drawing collections for Dior and John Galliano. via