Meaning of repoussoir in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈpuːswɑː/


  • 1Art
    An object in the foreground of a composition (typically to one side), which serves to lead the viewer's eye into the principal scene or towards the principal figure, emphasizing this and increasing the sense of depth.

  • 2In extended use and figurative.


Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From French repoussoir from repousser + -oir.