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Meaning of picture plane

pic'ture plane"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. 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. See diag. under
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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