What factors make a painting worthy of the term “great”? David A Leffel and Sherrie McGraw suggest that artists who've produced great work began, not with subject matter, but with an abstract visual concept of what they wanted the canvas to look like. In this presentation, they illustrate this idea—Abstract Realism—in different artistic visions. This video appears on LINEA, an online art journal of the Art Students League. Please visit us: http://www.asllinea.org.