Laurent was born in Concarneau, Brittany France. 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. 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.
Laurent once said "The beauty of alabaster is its transparency. This is what gives it life and vibration."
• Mother and Child, 1924. Depicts his wife and young son on smoothly polished white marble. Alabaster relief in wood frame. 17 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 2 in. (44.5 x 29.9 x 5.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Currently on view.
• Showalter Fountain, Indiana University Campus, Bloomington, Indiana 
- 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
- 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.
- Proske, Beatrice Gilman, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Brookgreen Gardens, SC, 1943 p413
- "Smithsonian American Art Museum Collections". Retrieved February 24, 2015.
- Robert Laurent in American public collections on the French Sculpture Census website
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