François-André Vincent
(Paris, 1746-1816, Paris)
Young Lady Wearing a Turban, ca. 1774
Oil on canvas, ø 56 cm

When the portrait was offered on the Paris art market in 1945, it was considered to be a work by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and the sitter, accordingly, was identified as Marie-Anne Fragonard, the artist's wife. The attribution of the painting to François-André Vincent, a slightly younger friend of Fragonard, suggested in 2013 by Jean-Pierre Cuzin in his catalogue raisonné of the artist's work, would allow to maintain this identification. In 1774, both Fragonard and Vincent spent time in Rome, where Vincent was a pupil at the French Academy. Marie-Anne Fragonard was part of that clique as well and could indeed have been painted by Vincent then.