ATTIRET, Claude-François
(b. 1728, Dôle, Jura, d. 1804, Dôle)

La Chercheuse d'esprit

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon

Attiret was born and died at Dôle. Some of his religious work is in Saint-Benigne at Dijon, but he is remembered by the bust of La Chercheuse d'esprit, of which the marble was exhibited under this title at the St Luke exhibition in 1774. The title comes from a comic opera by Favart, and it has even been suggested that the Chercheuse is Madame Favart, though that is most unlikely. There is something slightly idealized in the bust, which indeed seems hardly to have the air of a portrait. The bust has a refinement and delicacy of handling, enhanced by the freshness of the terracotta medium.