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Robert Laurent (1890 – 1970) American sculptor, b. France. He emigrated to the United States in 1902 and later studied in Rome. Progressing from early decorative works, he developed a monumental, dignified figural style. His works are exhibited in many American museums. Among Laurent's sculptures in many media are Goose Girl (Radio City Music Hall, New York City), Awakening (Whitney Mus., New York City), and Spanning the Continent (Fairmount Park, Philadelphia). His Spirit of Drama and Spirit of Music are at Indiana University, where he taught (1942 – 1960). He also sculpted the birth of Venus located in the center of Showalter Fountain in the Fine Arts Square on the IU campus.