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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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Ruslana Levandovska, Autumn at Dumbo, New York, Painting

Ruslana Levandovska

Autumn at Dumbo, New York, 2021
91.4 x 76.2 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$5,200

Our recommendations Daniel Arsham, Eroded brillo box, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Eroded brillo box, 2020
24.5 x 24.5 x 24.5 cm
Sculpture

$7,114

Our recommendations Barry Cawston, Eclipse motel, Photography

Barry Cawston

Eclipse motel, 2018
90 x 90 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,893

Rakel Wajnberg, Malabar't Rouge, Painting

Rakel Wajnberg

Malabar't Rouge, 2019
42.5 x 52.5 x 5.5 cm
Painting

$1,014 $1,126

Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
39.5 x 32 x 3 cm
Print

$504 $593

Our recommendations Jean-Christophe Martinez, Marilyn, Painting

Jean-Christophe Martinez

Marilyn, 2013
146 x 114 x 3 cm
Painting

$5,336

Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Photography

$3,794

Our recommendations Spyk, Somewhere, Painting

Spyk

Somewhere, 2019
120 x 160 x 5 cm
Painting

$8,181

Our recommendations Tony Soulié, New-York, Painting

Tony Soulié

New-York, 2015
60 x 90 x 5 cm
Painting

$5,336

Our recommendations Yannick Fraud, New York, Pinocchio ! , Photography

Yannick Fraud

New York, Pinocchio ! , 2005
25 x 36 x 1 cm
Photography

$534

HM, New-York 5, Painting

HM

New-York 5, 2016
80 x 80 x 4 cm
Painting

$2,964

Thierry Trivès, Money bomb, Sculpture

Thierry Trivès

Money bomb, 2015
27 x 20 x 20 cm
Sculpture

$2,134

Franck Vogel, Colorado River Sunset, Photography

Franck Vogel

Colorado River Sunset, 2015
50 x 75 cm
Photography

$2,134

Airgone, Purple Rain, Painting

Airgone

Purple Rain, 2016
80 x 60 cm
Painting

$1,055

Sean Ward, John Lennon III, Painting

Sean Ward

John Lennon III, 2018
61 x 61 x 5.1 cm
Painting

$950

Douglas Stewart, Gulls, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Gulls, 2020
152 x 152 x 6 cm
Painting

$16,600

Richard Heeps, Cars, Photography

Richard Heeps

Cars, 2001
81 x 109 x 1 cm
Photography

$834

Rafal Olbinski, New York. Capital of the world, Print

Rafal Olbinski

New York. Capital of the world, 2020
24 x 16.5 cm
Print

$534

Benoit Havard, Morning on five Avenue, Painting

Benoit Havard

Morning on five Avenue, 2021
60 x 60 x 2.2 cm
Painting

$1,281

Barry Cawston, Suburban states, Photography

Barry Cawston

Suburban states, 2018
150 x 120 x 2 cm
Photography

$5,610

Our recommendations Daniel Arsham, Crystal relic 001, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

Crystal relic 001, 2019
12.7 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm
Sculpture

$4,743

cObo, Off White, Painting

cObo

Off White, 2020
65 x 92 cm
Painting

$3,439

Our recommendations Jean-Christophe Martinez, Un week-end à New York, Painting

Jean-Christophe Martinez

Un week-end à New York, 2013
130 x 98 x 3 cm
Painting

$4,624

cObo, RIP, Painting

cObo

RIP, 2020
116 x 89 cm
Painting

$4,506

Jicé, American eagle, Sculpture

Jicé

American eagle, 2015
100 x 85 x 15 cm
Sculpture

$4,387

Bernard Pras, 185 - We can do it, Photography

Bernard Pras

185 - We can do it, 2017
106 x 80 x 3 cm
Photography

$5,929

#OneLife183, Mad Mickey, Print

#OneLife183

Mad Mickey, 2021
60 x 60 x 5 cm
Print

$764

#OneLife183, Legal Tender, Print

#OneLife183

Legal Tender, 2021
22 x 53 x 1 cm
Print

$414

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

Jill Peters

Beach II, Nude Beach and Sandbar, Medium Aerial Triptych, 2015
68.6 x 297.2 cm
Photography

$6,000

Danuta Dabrowska-Siemaszkiewicz, The New Yorker, Print

Danuta Dabrowska-Siemaszkiewicz

The New Yorker, 1999
68 x 50 cm
Print

$949

Jill Peters, Crossroads 2, Aerial Diptych Photograph, Photography

Jill Peters

Crossroads 2, Aerial Diptych Photograph, 2015
91.4 x 223.5 x 0.3 cm
Photography

$4,500

Slim Aarons, Keep your cool, Print

Slim Aarons

Keep your cool, 1978
121 x 183 cm
Print

$5,099

Romain Dorez, Superman, Painting

Romain Dorez

Superman, 2019
100 x 80 x 3 cm
Painting

$818

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

Franck Doat

Collection "New-York Autrement" / American Dream, 2011
80 x 60 x 0.4 cm
Photography

$3,557

Jacques Blézot, Tête de Mickey sur Mona Lisa, Painting

Jacques Blézot

Tête de Mickey sur Mona Lisa, 2020
45 x 38 x 2 cm
Painting

$889

Ben B, New York 2014, Photography

Ben B

New York 2014, 2014
30 x 40 x 0.4 cm
Photography

$225

Christian Guy, Marilyn, Painting

Christian Guy

Marilyn, 2003
100 x 100 x 1.5 cm
Painting

$6,521

Rubén Ortiz Tores, Blackest America, Painting

Rubén Ortiz Tores

Blackest America, 2020
63 x 120 x 6 cm
Painting

$20,453

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

Todd Koelmel

Oh, Roy (hand painted multiple - ed. of 10), 2019
53.3 x 53.3 x 3.3 cm
Painting

$990

Jacques Monory, USA 76 - Statue de la liberté, Print

Jacques Monory

USA 76 - Statue de la liberté, 1976
38 x 28 cm
Print

$332

Grzegorz Sikorski, Barbie collection #2, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

Barbie collection #2, 2020
70 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Photography

$225

Pierre Kroll, New York, Print

Pierre Kroll

New York, 2013
69 x 105 x 3 cm
Print

$1,494

Katrin Debois, New York, I love you, Painting

Katrin Debois

New York, I love you, 2021
90 x 80 x 2 cm
Painting

$925

Fabien Vieilletoile, Carrefour, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Carrefour, 2012
93 x 140 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,168

Fabien Vieilletoile, No comment, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

No comment, 2012
105 x 69 x 3 cm
Photography

$937

Fabien Vieilletoile, Pit Stop In San Fransisco, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Pit Stop In San Fransisco, 2012
93 x 140 x 3 cm
Photography

$1,055

Myles McGuinness, Modern Classic, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Modern Classic, 2017
40 x 60 cm
Photography

$474

Sean MacLeod, Rockefeller Center, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Rockefeller Center, 1998
100 x 100 x 1 cm
Photography

$1,779

Sean MacLeod, God Bless America, Photography

Sean MacLeod

God Bless America, 2001
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Photography

$1,897

Spyk, See You, Painting

Spyk

See You, 2019
120 x 160 x 5 cm
Painting

$8,181

Art Grafts, Stars & Stripes, Print

Art Grafts

Stars & Stripes, 2015
50.8 x 76.2 cm
Print

$1,660

Ruslana Levandovska, Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, New York, Painting

Ruslana Levandovska

Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO, New York, 2021
76.2 x 61 x 1.9 cm
Painting

$2,200

Agent X, The Adventures of Dixwell Hastings (Episode 119), Print

Agent X

The Adventures of Dixwell Hastings (Episode 119), 2021
88 x 88 cm
Print

$634

Fabrizio La Torre, Bambini per la strada, New York décembre 1955, Photography

Fabrizio La Torre

Bambini per la strada, New York décembre 1955, 1955
60 x 42 x 0.5 cm
Photography

$1,956

Alain Bertrand, America, Painting

Alain Bertrand

America, 2014
97 x 130 x 3 cm
Painting

$13,043

Max Papeschi, Yes I can, Print

Max Papeschi

Yes I can, 2014
40 x 55 x 4 cm
Print

$2,371

Vladimir Bazan, Chicago, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Chicago, 2010
100 x 63 cm
Photography

$2,205

Vladimir Bazan, New York, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

New York, 2010
44 x 28 cm
Photography

$1,541

Alexandre Taillandier, Providence, Fine Art Drawings

Alexandre Taillandier

Providence, 2013
55 x 46 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$996

Patrick Lajoie, Like A Dream SQ, Photography

Patrick Lajoie

Like A Dream SQ, 2021
91.4 x 91.4 x 3.8 cm
Photography

$2,400

La Fabrique du Sourire, United States of Smile, Print

La Fabrique du Sourire

United States of Smile, 2012
30 x 30 cm
Print

$148

Yannick Fraud, New York, Lips on the wall !, Photography

Yannick Fraud

New York, Lips on the wall !, 2005
25 x 36 x 1 cm
Photography

$534

Garner, Newyorker, Print

Garner

Newyorker, 2014
33 x 48.3 x 0.1 cm
Print

$593

HM, New-York 6, Painting

HM

New-York 6, 2016
100 x 100 x 4 cm
Painting

$3,557

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