picture plane

noun
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.

Origin:
1790–1800

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picture plane

noun
the plane that is in the foreground of a drawing or painting; coextensive with but different from the objective surface of the work 
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Example sentences
Many things, but chief among them is that he shattered the picture plane.
Symmetry refers to the correspondence in size, shape, and relative position of elements within the picture plane.
The musician is shown larger than life-size and his form fills the picture plane.
The arm of the chair is parallel to the picture plane, as is the unseen lower part of her body.
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