Robert Laurent was an American sculptor, known for his sensitive interpretations of the human form.
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."
Laurent served in the First World War, then returned to Brooklyn in 1919. He was a Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University from 1942 to 1960. He died in Cape Neddick, Maine in 1970.
Laurent's son, John, was a prominent painter in Maine who was known for his landscapes and seascapes.