What is the term called, named after a Frenchman, that refers to profile paintings of human faces that are usually black and white and only show contours?
A drawing consisting of the outline of something, especially a human profile, filled in with a solid color.
An outline that appears dark against a light background. See Synonyms at outline.
tr.v. silhouetted, silhouetting, silhouettes: To cause to be seen as a silhouette; outline: Figures were silhouetted against the setting sun.
[French, after Étienne de Silhouette (1709-1767), French finance minister.] [AHDEL]
3I honestly did not know this was named after a person. Well done, Edwin.– Dan BronAug 14, 2014 at 19:37
1In all honesty, if I ever did, I'd forgotten. It seemed to fit, though. Aug 14, 2014 at 19:38