Abbé François-Ignace Ranvoyzé, c. 1800-1810
French, Canadian, 1759
oil on canvas
51 x 43.2 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 23167)
This churchman was the son of the silversmith François Ranvoyzé. Ordained in 1797, he served for many years as the parish priest of Sainte-Anne, on the Côte de Beaupré. This portrait was likely made around the time he was appointed to this post. The format and the presentation of the subject are reminiscent of the pastel portraits so popular at the time, as is the expressive treatment of the face, executed with short brushes. Note the scattering of powder on the sitter's shoulders from his wig - a throwback to the fashions of the "ancien régime".