Abstraction as a vehicle for emotive expression has exerted a powerful hold on the minds of artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. The possibilities of an invented reality, where color lives and breathes, have inspired and hypnotized artists. They have used color to transform a static two dimensional space into a luminous environment, filled with distinct emotionality. Upon the departure from realism, artists have filled their invented realities with their own languages and visual vocabularies. Some making use of surrealist techniques to access the true reality of the unconscious, others using color and forms to express psychological states, inner emotional expression.