Americana Art: A Road Trip through Time

Americana is a loose genre, which still denotes a strong tradition of American folk art: the open highway, independence and the frontier, and the pursuit of the American dream. Shop our curators selection of Americana-inspired artworks, and discover the history and aesthetic of Americana!

  Palm Tree Restaurant by Stefanie Schneider
Palm Tree Restaurant
Stefanie Schneider
€ 159
  San Francisco by Luc Dratwa
San Francisco
Luc Dratwa
from € 469 to € 1,429
  Father&Son. Behind the Hollywood Sign #1 by Larry Yust
Father&Son. Behind the Hollywood Sign #1
Larry Yust
from € 599 to € 1,759
  Bellagio by Sarah Johanna Eick
Bellagio
Sarah Johanna Eick
from € 499 to € 1,619
  US Flag by Freddy Reitz
US Flag
Freddy Reitz
from € 809 to € 2,159
  Troopers' atop a Skyscraper by David Eger
Troopers' atop a Skyscraper
David Eger
€ 29
  Palm Springs Palm Trees by Stefanie Schneider
Palm Springs Palm Trees
Stefanie Schneider
  Crazy Ketchup by Freddy Reitz
Crazy Ketchup
Freddy Reitz
  North Shore Surfing #16 by Ed Freeman
North Shore Surfing #16
Ed Freeman
from € 649 to € 1,269
  NY ON MY MIND by Luc Dratwa
NY ON MY MIND
Luc Dratwa
  Diner by Sarah Johanna Eick
Diner
Sarah Johanna Eick
from € 499 to € 1,619
  PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL (Albert Frey) by Stephanie Kloss
PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL (Albert Frey)
Stephanie Kloss
€ 1,319
  Brooklyn Diner, Times Square by James & Karla Murray
Brooklyn Diner, Times Square
James & Karla Murray
from € 609 to € 1,359
  Stonewall Pond II by Alison Shaw
Stonewall Pond II
Alison Shaw
€ 1,149
  Flatiron Building by Reinhart Wolf
Flatiron Building
Reinhart Wolf
€ 2,019
  Times Square by Larry Yust
Times Square
Larry Yust
€ 699
  LA Dreams by Tim Marrs
LA Dreams
Tim Marrs
from € 939 to € 1,909
  Brooklyn Bridge I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Brooklyn Bridge I
Horst & Daniel Zielske
€ 789
  Griffith Park by Erik Chmil
Griffith Park
Erik Chmil
from € 949 to € 2,429
  375 Lexington Ave, New York by Jason Schmidt | Trunk Archive
375 Lexington Ave, New York
Jason Schmidt | Trunk Archive
from € 899 to € 1,619
  Room in NY by Gustav Deutsch
Room in NY
Gustav Deutsch
from € 559 to € 1,079
  City Landscape, Chicago, IL by Andrea B. Stone
City Landscape, Chicago, IL
Andrea B. Stone
€ 819
  DREAM IS NOT OVER by Luc Dratwa
DREAM IS NOT OVER
Luc Dratwa
from € 739 to € 1,489
  Western Motel by Gustav Deutsch
Western Motel
Gustav Deutsch
from € 559 to € 1,079
  Brooklyn Bridge Crossing by Pep Ventosa
Brooklyn Bridge Crossing
Pep Ventosa
from € 579 to € 1,229
  NY Projection LXX by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LXX
Sabine Wild
from € 569 to € 2,159
  Bloomingdale´s, Lexington Avenue by James & Karla Murray
Bloomingdale´s, Lexington Avenue
James & Karla Murray
from € 1,009 to € 1,339
  Darklight III by Lutz Hilgers
Darklight III
Lutz Hilgers
from € 869 to € 1,749
  Times Square Snow Show by Christophe Jacrot
Times Square Snow Show
Christophe Jacrot
€ 229
  Central Park #2, New York, USA by Larry Yust
Central Park #2, New York, USA
Larry Yust
€ 619
  Laguna Seca by Frank M. Orel
Laguna Seca
Frank M. Orel
from € 259 to € 559
  Heiße Luft, balloons 2 by Julia Christe
Heiße Luft, balloons 2
Julia Christe
€ 519
  NY Projection LXXI by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LXXI
Sabine Wild
from € 649 to € 2,499
  NYC allday by Sandra Rauch
NYC allday
Sandra Rauch
  Bond 45, Times Square by James & Karla Murray
Bond 45, Times Square
James & Karla Murray
from € 629 to € 1,049
  Man on Broadway by Christophe Jacrot
Man on Broadway
Christophe Jacrot
€ 229
  Exchange Place, Manhattan by Berenice Abbott
Exchange Place, Manhattan
Berenice Abbott
€ 599
  White Sands #4 by Julia Christe
White Sands #4
Julia Christe
€ 279
  Fuller Building by Reinhart Wolf
Fuller Building
Reinhart Wolf
€ 2,969
  Morning Sun by Gustav Deutsch
Morning Sun
Gustav Deutsch
from € 559 to € 1,079
  Times Square and Paramount Building's Clocktower by Evan Joseph
Times Square and Paramount Building's Clocktower
Evan Joseph
from € 649 to € 1,639
  Untitled IV by Peter Funch
Untitled IV
Peter Funch
from € 839 to € 1,839
  Sunlight on Brownstones by Gustav Deutsch
Sunlight on Brownstones
Gustav Deutsch
from € 559 to € 1,079
  Bronx I by Horst & Daniel Zielske
Bronx I
Horst & Daniel Zielske
from € 789 to € 2,559
  NY03 by Annette Herdemann
NY03
Annette Herdemann
from € 489 to € 1,749
  Lucy Vincent Beach III by Alison Shaw
Lucy Vincent Beach III
Alison Shaw
€ 1,149
  NY Projection LVI by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LVI
Sabine Wild
from € 629 to € 2,559
  NY Projection LV by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LV
Sabine Wild
from € 569 to € 1,889
  Gold Coast by Erik Chmil
Gold Coast
Erik Chmil
from € 909 to € 2,299
  East River II by Horst & Daniel Zielske
East River II
Horst & Daniel Zielske
€ 899
  EL by Ralph Richter
EL
Ralph Richter
from € 579 to € 1,759
  San Francisco, Octavia Street  by Larry Yust
San Francisco, Octavia Street
Larry Yust
from € 509 to € 1,139
  Cotton Harvesting, Buckeye, Arizona by Alex Maclean
Cotton Harvesting, Buckeye, Arizona
Alex Maclean
€ 2,299
  Ovid, Napa Valley, USA by Rafael Neff
Ovid, Napa Valley, USA
Rafael Neff
from € 549 to € 2,569
  The Empire State Building on St. Patrick's Day by Evan Joseph
The Empire State Building on St. Patrick's Day
Evan Joseph
€ 569
  Point Reyes by Alison Shaw
Point Reyes
Alison Shaw
€ 1,149
  NY Projection LVII by Sabine Wild
NY Projection LVII
Sabine Wild
from € 649 to € 1,559
  42nd St #2 (Bryant Park) by Larry Yust
42nd St #2 (Bryant Park)
Larry Yust
from € 459 to € 1,849
  Dream by Ursula Cyriax
Dream
Ursula Cyriax
€ 1,109
  Wyatt (Peter Fonda) und Billy (Dennis Hopper) by Dennis Hopper
Wyatt (Peter Fonda) und Billy (Dennis Hopper)
Dennis Hopper
from € 219 to € 609
  Heiße Luft, balloons 1 by Julia Christe
Heiße Luft, balloons 1
Julia Christe
from € 519 to € 2,739
  East River III by Horst & Daniel Zielske
East River III
Horst & Daniel Zielske
€ 1,229
  Fifth Avenue #2, New York, USA by Larry Yust
Fifth Avenue #2, New York, USA
Larry Yust
€ 479
  Manhattan from Above by Pep Ventosa
Manhattan from Above
Pep Ventosa
from € 579 to € 1,089
  Change by Ursula Cyriax
Change
Ursula Cyriax
€ 1,279
  Big Tank V by Hiepler & Brunier
Big Tank V
Hiepler & Brunier
from € 569 to € 2,759
  Sutter Stockton, San Francisco by Christopher Woodcock
Sutter Stockton, San Francisco
Christopher Woodcock
from € 1,139 to € 2,459
  Katama by Alison Shaw
Katama
Alison Shaw
€ 2,189
  The Handkerchief by Christophe Jacrot
The Handkerchief
Christophe Jacrot
from € 979 to € 1,849



Americana in Art: An American Aesthetic


While Americana can relate to an interest in anything America, in fact, it is typically associated with music and pictorial art, and attaches to a number of guiding myths: the open road, the frontier, or the American dream.

Americana as an art style took rise in art in the second half of the 20th century, amid urbanization and the hollowing out of rural communities. Similar to fine art, vintage art, and retro art, it is a style which is at least partially nostalgic and negatively defined: it points to something which is no longer available, is imagined to have once existed, or now needs to be defined against its resurgent opposite.

Famous artworks like Grant Wood's American Gothic, Jasper Johns famous Flag, and Edward Hopper's cinematic portraits of urban loneliness and intrigue set the stage for a variety of meditations on the meaning of American life. In visual art, these emerged against the backdrop of cities, deserts, small towns, and a specifically Southwestern aesthetic of arid climates, motels, gas stations, and color-distorted photography. Pop Art broke through in the 60's and 70's with a new vision: contemporary America as they saw it, a place of consumerist frenzy, inauthenticity, and reinvention.

Flags by Berlin-based artist Freddy Reitz work in the tradition of Johns to capture the meaning of American life through collage art. Photographic artworks by Stefanie Schneider and Sarah Johanna Eick capture well the aesthetic of Americana: abandoned small-town scenery on the one hand, and bright pastel declarations of freedom and independence on the other.



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