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picture plane

the plane of a painting, drawing, or the like, that is in the extreme foreground of a picture, is coextensive with but not the same as the material surface of the work, is the point of visual contact between the viewer and the picture, and is conceived as a major structural element in the production of abstract or illusionistic forms.
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1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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