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Maine landscape painter John Laurent, at 83

OGUNQUIT, Maine -- John Laurent, a prominent Maine painter known for his landscapes and seascapes, died April 14 at 83.

Mr. Laurent explored a broad range in his paintings, experimenting with both realism and abstraction.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Laurent was the son of noted sculptor Robert Laurent and grew up surrounded by art and artists.

He taught art at the University of New Hampshire from 1954 to 1984.

Mr. Laurent leaves two sons, Brehon of New York City and Bret of Baltimore.

There will be a tribute to Mr. Laurent at the Ogunquit Art Association's September exhibition and plans are underway for a memorial this summer in Ogunquit.

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