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1. In visual images which involve the representation of spatial depth (originally paintings, but subsequently also photographs), the depicted area that appears to be closest to the viewer. One of the three zones of recession lying behind the picture plane in the visual representation of depth. See also pictorial depth cues; compare background; middle distance.

2. That which is salient: see foregrounding.

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