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American dream

The concept of the American dream is the idea that anyone who came to work in the United States could. This could be achieved through hard work, courage, and determination, which would in turn lead to a happy and prosperous life.

Historian James Truslow Adams used this for the first time in 1931. Although having expressed the concept of the American Dream in his work "The Epic of America", the idea already appeared in the 16th century during the time of American colonization by England. The merits of the new land were exaggeratedly praised to encourage the English to leave for the Americas to become settlers. However, those who attempted the migratory adventure and set out to conquer American soil often found living conditions difficult upon their arrival.

On July 4, 1776, the representatives of the colonies met in Philadelphia and proclaimed the independence of the United States. They adopted the Declaration of Independence which affirms in particular that all men have the inherent right to “the pursuit of happiness", thus reaffirming the American Dream, which goes beyond mere utopia. 

Among all the symbols of the American Dream, the most attractive and the most important is the Statue of Liberty. For a long time, it was the first image that immigrants had of America upon arriving at Ellis Island.

Thanks to the industrial revolution, the American Dream was the embodiment of diversity from emigrants who returned to invest in their country of origin. Consequently, America's social reality caused the disillusion of many immigrants. This concept has been, and remains, one of the main drivers of the migratory flow to the United States.

With its ongoing popularity and constant social spotlight, the United States is a symbol of superpower and success. They relentlessly spread a culture of mass consumption. Until you can visit the United States, Artsper offers you an overview of artists and artworks inspired by American culture. Revel in our selection of contrasting visions, between dream and reality! 

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Daniel Arsham, Eroded brillo box, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Eroded brillo box, 2020
9.6 x 9.6 x 9.6 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,323

Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$ 3,905

Katerina Christina, It's Batman [Venice Beach, CA, USA], Photography

Katerina Christina

It's Batman [Venice Beach, CA, USA], 2019
12 x 18 inch
Photography

$ 250

HM, New-York 6, Painting

HM

New-York 6, 2016
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,661

Hervé Gloaguen, Andy Warhol at the Factory, NY, 1966 (With Sterling Morrison, Gérard Malanga and Nico), Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Andy Warhol at the Factory, NY, 1966 (With Sterling Morrison, Gérard Malanga and Nico), 1966
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 2,746

Phillip Bissell, Winter Magic, New York City, Painting

Phillip Bissell

Winter Magic, New York City, 2020
39.4 x 39.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 3,445

Angela Wakefield, New York Series No.21, Painting

Angela Wakefield

New York Series No.21, 2011
36 x 48 x 3 inch
Painting

$ 19,592

Jill Peters, Beach II, Nude Beach and Sandbar, Medium Aerial Triptych, Photography

Jill Peters

Beach II, Nude Beach and Sandbar, Medium Aerial Triptych, 2015
27 x 117 inch
Photography

$ 6,000

La Fabrique du Sourire, United States of Smile, Print

La Fabrique du Sourire

United States of Smile, 2012
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Print

$ 153

Claude Guillaumin, WTC from Battery Park, Photography

Claude Guillaumin

WTC from Battery Park, 1974
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,831

Noir Mat, America, Print

Noir Mat

America, 2012
38.2 x 30.3 x 0.8 inch
Print

$ 610

Franck Vogel, Colorado River Sunset, Photography

Franck Vogel

Colorado River Sunset, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$ 2,197

Ljubomir Milinkov, Two too Sweet, Painting

Ljubomir Milinkov

Two too Sweet, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 20,137

Bernard Pras, 185 - We can do it, Photography

Bernard Pras

185 - We can do it, 2017
41.7 x 31.5 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 6,102

Gottfried Salzmann, NY City, Print

Gottfried Salzmann

NY City, 2016
20.9 x 24 inch
Print

$ 793

Cleon Peterson, Useless Idiot Red, Print

Cleon Peterson

Useless Idiot Red, 2019
24 x 18.1 x 0 inch
Print

$ 537

Richard Heeps, Cars, Photography

Richard Heeps

Cars, 2001
31.9 x 42.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 804

Betsy Enzensberger, Crystal Clear Popsicle (Special Series - Custom Order Only), Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Crystal Clear Popsicle (Special Series - Custom Order Only), 2020
26 x 12.2 x 12.2 inch
Sculpture

$ 7,231

Gaspard Mitz, Brokeback Mountain , Sculpture

Gaspard Mitz

Brokeback Mountain , 2015
5.9 x 15.7 x 2.4 inch
Sculpture

$ 793

Our recommendations Daniel Arsham, Crystal relic 001, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Crystal relic 001, 2019
5 x 8 x 8 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,882

Robert Longo, Untitled (Flag), Print

Robert Longo

Untitled (Flag), 2013
40 x 79.75 inch
Print

$ 35,000

Andy Warhol, Black Bean from Campbell’s Soup I (FS.II.44), Print

Andy Warhol

Black Bean from Campbell’s Soup I (FS.II.44), 1968
35 x 23 inch
Print

25,000 - $ 50,000

Paco Raphael, Sunset Boulevard, Painting

Paco Raphael

Sunset Boulevard, 2019
43.3 x 63 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 6,224

Paco Raphael, Third Street, Painting

Paco Raphael

Third Street, 2019
45.3 x 45.3 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 4,821

Florent Touchot, Fifth Avenue, Painting

Florent Touchot

Fifth Avenue, 2019
35 x 51.2 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$ 4,394

Paco Raphael, Melrose Avenue, Painting

Paco Raphael

Melrose Avenue, 2020
63 x 43.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$ 6,224

Eklektik, Astronaute, Painting

Eklektik

Astronaute, 2020
11.8 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 513

Todd Koelmel, Enamel Pins - Cheeseburger, Painting

Todd Koelmel

Enamel Pins - Cheeseburger, 2020
36 x 28 x 1.25 inch
Painting

$ 3,000

Todd Koelmel, Oh, Roy (hand painted multiple - ed. of 10), Painting

Todd Koelmel

Oh, Roy (hand painted multiple - ed. of 10), 2019
21 x 21 x 1.3 inch
Painting

$ 900

Eric Liot, Drapeau américain, Print

Eric Liot

Drapeau américain, 2014
22.8 x 33.5 x 0.4 inch
Print

$ 2,441

Sean MacLeod, God Bless America, Photography

Sean MacLeod

God Bless America, 2001
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$ 1,953

Sean MacLeod, Rockefeller Center, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Rockefeller Center, 1998
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 1,831

Betsy Enzensberger, Sunshine and Rainbow Drizzle, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Sunshine and Rainbow Drizzle, 2020
72 x 24 x 24 inch
Sculpture

$ 20,000

Rubén Ortiz Tores, Blackest America, Painting

Rubén Ortiz Tores

Blackest America, 2020
24.8 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$ 21,052

Alain Bertrand, America, Painting

Alain Bertrand

America, 2014
38.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$ 13,425

Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 732

Eric Pottier, Anna USA , Sculpture

Eric Pottier

Anna USA , 2015
7.9 x 3.1 x 3.1 inch
Sculpture

$ 610

Michael Townsend, Yaan, Photography

Michael Townsend

Yaan, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$ 732

Grzegorz Sikorski, Barbie collection #2, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Barbie collection #2, 2020
27.6 x 27.6 x 0 inch
Photography

$ 232

Our recommendations Tony Soulié, New-York, Painting

Tony Soulié

New-York, 2015
23.6 x 35.4 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 5,492

Franck Doat, Collection "New-York Autrement" /  American Dream, Photography

Franck Doat

Collection "New-York Autrement" / American Dream, 2011
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$ 915

Hubert Ollivier, Connection, Painting

Hubert Ollivier

Connection, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$ 305

Pierre Kroll, New York, Print

Pierre Kroll

New York, 2013
27.2 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch
Print

$ 1,538

Thomas Dellert, The Shisha Bar Downtown San Francisco USA ( Art Against Racism ), Photography

Thomas Dellert

The Shisha Bar Downtown San Francisco USA ( Art Against Racism ), 2016
15.7 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$ 488

Slim Aarons, Keep your cool, Print

Slim Aarons

Keep your cool, 1978
47.6 x 72 inch
Print

$ 5,248

Jicé, American eagle, Sculpture

Jicé

American eagle, 2015
39.4 x 33.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 4,516

Spyk, See You, Painting

Spyk

See You, 2019
47.2 x 63 x 2 inch
Painting

$ 8,421

Katerina Christina, Cruising [Los Angeles, CA, USA], Photography

Katerina Christina

Cruising [Los Angeles, CA, USA], 2019
30 x 20 inch
Photography

$ 615

Spyk, Fast trip, Painting

Spyk

Fast trip, 2020
51.2 x 70.9 x 2.8 inch
Painting

$ 9,153

Fabien Vieilletoile, Carrefour, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Carrefour, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,202

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love is ___________ - neon art work, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Love is ___________ - neon art work, 2020
8 x 30 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,295

Hervé Gloaguen, Andy Warhol, NY 1966 (Avec Nico, Gérard Malanga, Paul Morissey sur le tournage de Tiger Morse), Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Andy Warhol, NY 1966 (Avec Nico, Gérard Malanga, Paul Morissey sur le tournage de Tiger Morse), 1966
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$ 2,746

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

Love you more, 2018
16 x 32 x 3 inch
Sculpture

$ 3,905

Thierry Trivès, Money bomb, Sculpture

Thierry Trivès

Money bomb, 2015
10.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$ 2,197

Vladimir Bazan, Chicago, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Chicago, 2010
39.4 x 24.8 inch
Photography

$ 2,270

Spyk, Somewhere, Painting

Spyk

Somewhere, 2019
47.2 x 63 x 2 inch
Painting

5,000 - $ 10,000

Fabien Vieilletoile, Pit Stop In San Fransisco, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Pit Stop In San Fransisco, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 1,086

Max Papeschi, 2007, Print

Max Papeschi

2007, 2012
23.6 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch
Print

$ 3,051

Fabien Vieilletoile, No comment, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

No comment, 2012
41.3 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$ 964

HM, New-York 5, Painting

HM

New-York 5, 2016
31.5 x 31.5 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$ 3,051

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