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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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Rakel Wajnberg, Malabar't Rouge, Painting

Rakel Wajnberg

Malabar't Rouge, 2019
16.7 x 20.7 x 2.2 inch
Painting

$1,192

Eric Liot, Campbell's, Print

Eric Liot

Campbell's, 2019
15.6 x 12.6 x 1.2 inch
Print

$627

Marie-Laure Vareilles, New York, Photography

Marie-Laure Vareilles

New York, 2015
39.4 x 39.4 x 1.6 inch
Photography

$4,015

Our recommendations 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

50,000 - $ 100,000

Mary Jo McGonagle, Love you more, Sculpture

Mary Jo McGonagle

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

$4,015

Laurent Chabot, New York 2, Painting

Laurent Chabot

New York 2, 2012
59.1 x 70.9 x 2 inch
Painting

$6,900

Spyk, Somewhere, Painting

Spyk

Somewhere, 2019
47.2 x 63 x 2 inch
Painting

$8,656

Anne-Louise Ewen, California, New & Magnificent No. 4, Painting

Anne-Louise Ewen

California, New & Magnificent No. 4, 2020
11 x 17 inch
Painting

$125

Hervé Gloaguen, Skatting in Central Park, NY 1966, Photography

Hervé Gloaguen

Skatting in Central Park, NY 1966, 1966
15.7 x 19.7 inch
Photography

$2,823

Ljubomir Milinkov, Two too Sweet, Painting

Ljubomir Milinkov

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

$20,700

HM, New-York 5, Painting

HM

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

$3,136

Angela Wakefield, New York Series No.21, Painting

Angela Wakefield

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

$21,135

Douglas Stewart, Gulls, Painting

Douglas Stewart

Gulls, 2020
59.8 x 59.8 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$15,055

Noir Mat, America, Print

Noir Mat

America, 2012
38.2 x 30.3 x 0.8 inch
Print

$627

Franck Vogel, Colorado River Sunset, Photography

Franck Vogel

Colorado River Sunset, 2015
19.7 x 29.5 inch
Photography

$2,258

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

$6,273

Richard Heeps, Cars, Photography

Richard Heeps

Cars, 2001
31.9 x 42.9 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$867

Our recommendations Daniel Arsham, Eroded brillo box, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

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

$7,527

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

$7,433

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

Jean-Christophe Martinez

Un week-end à New York, 2013
51.2 x 38.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$4,893

Our recommendations Jean-Christophe Martinez, Marilyn, Painting

Jean-Christophe Martinez

Marilyn, 2013
57.5 x 44.9 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$5,081 $5,646

Paco Raphael, Melrose Avenue, Painting

Paco Raphael

Melrose Avenue, 2020
63 x 43.3 x 0.1 inch
Painting

$6,900

Paco Raphael, Third Street, Painting

Paco Raphael

Third Street, 2019
45.3 x 45.3 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$5,395

Paco Raphael, Sunset Boulevard, Painting

Paco Raphael

Sunset Boulevard, 2019
43.3 x 63 x 1.6 inch
Painting

$6,900

Slim Aarons, Keep your cool, Print

Slim Aarons

Keep your cool, 1978
47.6 x 72 inch
Print

$5,395

Rubén Ortiz Tores, Blackest America, Painting

Rubén Ortiz Tores

Blackest America, 2020
24.8 x 47.2 x 2.4 inch
Painting

$21,641

Jacques Blézot, Tête de Mickey sur Mona Lisa, Painting

Jacques Blézot

Tête de Mickey sur Mona Lisa, 2020
17.7 x 15 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$941

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

$990

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

Jacques Monory

USA 76 - Statue de la liberté, 1976
15 x 11 inch
Print

$351

Betsy Enzensberger, Sunshine and Rainbow Drizzle, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

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

$20,000

Pierre Kroll, New York, Print

Pierre Kroll

New York, 2013
27.2 x 41.3 x 1.2 inch
Print

$1,581

cObo, RIP, Painting

cObo

RIP, 2020
45.7 x 35 inch
Painting

$4,767

cObo, Off White, Painting

cObo

Off White, 2020
25.6 x 36.2 inch
Painting

$3,638

Our recommendations Daniel Arsham, Crystal relic 001, Sculpture

Daniel Arsham

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

$5,018

Michael Townsend, Doho, Photography

Michael Townsend

Doho, 2017
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$753

Michael Townsend, Yaan, Photography

Michael Townsend

Yaan, 2018
35.4 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$753

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

$3,387

Alain Bertrand, America, Painting

Alain Bertrand

America, 2014
38.2 x 51.2 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$13,800

Grzegorz Sikorski, Barbie collection #2, Photography

Grzegorz Sikorski

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

$238

Jicé, American eagle, Sculpture

Jicé

American eagle, 2015
39.4 x 33.5 x 5.9 inch
Sculpture

$4,642

Our recommendations Tony Soulié, New-York, Painting

Tony Soulié

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

$5,646

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

Franck Doat

Collection "New-York Autrement" / American Dream, 2011
31.5 x 23.6 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$3,764

Myles McGuinness, Modern Classic, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Modern Classic, 2017
15.7 x 23.6 inch
Photography

$502

Myles McGuinness, Modern Classic, Photography

Myles McGuinness

Modern Classic, 2017
23.6 x 35.4 inch
Photography

$753

Florent Touchot, Fifth Avenue, Painting

Florent Touchot

Fifth Avenue, 2019
35 x 51.2 x 1.4 inch
Painting

$4,516

Hubert Ollivier, Connection, Painting

Hubert Ollivier

Connection, 2015
15.7 x 15.7 x 0.8 inch
Painting

$314

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

$157

Spyk, See You, Painting

Spyk

See You, 2019
47.2 x 63 x 2 inch
Painting

$8,656

Barry Cawston, Eclipse motel, Photography

Barry Cawston

Eclipse motel, 2018
35.4 x 35.4 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$1,968

Barry Cawston, Suburban states, Photography

Barry Cawston

Suburban states, 2018
59.1 x 47.2 x 0.8 inch
Photography

$5,830

Sean MacLeod, Rockefeller Center, Photography

Sean MacLeod

Rockefeller Center, 1998
39.4 x 39.4 x 0.4 inch
Photography

$1,882

Sean MacLeod, God Bless America, Photography

Sean MacLeod

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

$2,007

Fabien Vieilletoile, Carrefour, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

Carrefour, 2012
36.6 x 55.1 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$1,236

Fabien Vieilletoile, No comment, Photography

Fabien Vieilletoile

No comment, 2012
41.3 x 27.2 x 1.2 inch
Photography

$991

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

$1,117

Thierry Trivès, Money bomb, Sculpture

Thierry Trivès

Money bomb, 2015
10.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch
Sculpture

$2,258

Garner, 5th Avenue Uptown, Painting

Garner

5th Avenue Uptown, 2015
70.9 x 23.6 x 1.2 inch
Painting

$6,273

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

Fabrizio La Torre

Bambini per la strada, New York décembre 1955, 1955
23.6 x 16.5 x 0.2 inch
Photography

$1,760 $2,070

Garner, Newyorker, Print

Garner

Newyorker, 2014
13 x 19 x 0 inch
Print

$627

Jill Peters, Crossroads 2, Aerial Diptych Photograph, Photography

Jill Peters

Crossroads 2, Aerial Diptych Photograph, 2015
36 x 88 x 0.1 inch
Photography

$4,500

Vladimir Bazan, Chicago, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

Chicago, 2010
39.4 x 24.8 inch
Photography

$2,333

Vladimir Bazan, New York, Photography

Vladimir Bazan

New York, 2010
17.3 x 11 inch
Photography

$1,631

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

Max Papeschi, 2007, Print

Max Papeschi

2007, 2012
23.6 x 17.7 x 1.6 inch
Print

$3,136

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