What is the meaning of this phrase in describing a person's face?

He looks at me, and sees me looking. He has a French face, lean, whimsical, all planes and angles, with creases around the mouth where he smiles.

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Plane is used here in the geometrical sense of a flat surface. The man's face is so lean (thin) that it seems to be made up of flat surfaces and angles rather than curves.

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