Robert Laurent

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Goose Girl, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, circa 1932

Robert Laurent (June 29, 1890 – April 20, 1970) was an American sculptor, known for his sensitive interpretations of the human form.

Laurent was born in Concarneau, Brittany France.[1] There, at the age of 12 his artistic talents were recognized by art connoisseur Hamilton Easter Field who then brought him to the United States when he was twenty-years-old.[2] In 1908 he travelled to Rome with Field and there studied with Maurice Sterne as well as with wood carver Giuseppe Doratori at the British Academy.[3]

Laurent served in the First World War, then returned to Brooklyn in 1919.[2] He was a Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University from 1942 to 1960.[2]


  1. ^ Armstrong, Craven et al, ‘’200 Years of American Sculpture’’, David R. Godine, Publisher in association with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1976, p 286
  2. ^ a b c Schwier, Carrie (May 3, 2011). ""The One That Got Away": The History Behind the Showalter Fountain Fish". Indiana University Archives. Office of Archives and Records Management at Indiana University Bloomington. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 1943 p413