In painting (as well as in photography, I suspect) there's full face, profile, half-profile, and three quarters. Here's an example demonstrating three of the four (Portrait of Charles I, the one that got his head chopped off in Twenty Years After, by Van Dyck):

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But what do you call this (typical Whistler, by the way):

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    Dorsal profile with a half twist.
    – deadrat
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 6:34

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This can be correctly described as:

Standing, rear view, full body length, over the shoulder in profile.

Or just "over the shoulder".

"Three quarters" is usually called oblique and "dorsal" makes me think of a fish...

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