Friendship Between America and France
Sparkling above the main entrance to La Maison Française, Friendship reads in narrative form from top to bottom. The top two heroic-size females holding hands symbolize the alliance between Paris and New York, while the three females below represent three Graces: Poetry, Beauty and Elegance—the cultural exchange between the two nations. The winged horse of mythology symbolizes inspiration and imagination. Unlike much of the art found at Rockefeller Center, this piece cannot be considered Art Deco, due to its classicism and vibrant ornamentation.