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repoussoir

[ruh-poo-swahr]
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noun Painting.
  1. a figure or object in the extreme foreground: used as a contrast and to increase the illusion of depth.
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Origin of repoussoir

1870–75; < French, equivalent to repouss(er) to push back (see repoussé) + -oir -ory2
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