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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.
Origin of picture plane
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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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