Sculptor Robert Laurent’s Carved Chest: An Immigrant Story

 

In this video, listen to sculptor Robert Laurent (1890–1970) tell his story of emigrating from Brittany, France to New York City in the early twentieth century. His home movies, featured in this video, show the artist at work in his studio and at the school he co-founded in Ogunquit, Maine. Curator Elizabeth Kornhauser discusses the relationship between Laurent’s carved chest from 1911 and the traditions of American Folk Art.

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