The "part of the composition in the pictorial arts that appears to be farthest from the viewer." Source: Ralph Meyer, "A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques"<br><br>The area of a painting farthest from the viewer. In a landscape this would include the sky and horizon. In a still life or portrait it could be a wall or room interior. ? See Foreground, Middle ground.<br><br>The part of a picture or scene that appears to be farthest away from the viewer, usually nearest the horizon. This is the opposite of the foreground. Between background and foreground is the middle ground.Also see depth, perspective, and wash.