picture-plane

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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