The Ritz Family
THE CONCHES ALTAR SCULPTORS
The furniture of my churches and my chapels comes from the workshops of the artists of the region. The Ritz family of Selkingen produced sculptures, paintings and altars for decades. The great Johann Ritz (1666-1729), his son Jodok Ritz (1697-1747) and his grandson Franz Anton Ritz (1722-1768) formed a veritable dynasty of artists who had their studio in the small village of Selkingen.
THE SCULPTORS OF CONCHES
The 18th century gave birth to many sculptors and painters: Johann Carlen of Reckingen, Peter Lagger (1714-1788) and sons Johann Baptist Lagger (1748-1791) and Josef Anton Lagger (1714-1833). Their works enrich the Church of Reckingen. Statuary was a flourishing activity which employed painters, gilders, carpenters and joiners as well as many other craftsmen.
THE PAINTERS OF CONCHES
Among the renowned painters of Conches are Johann Georg Pfefferle (1719-1796) and his son Johann Joseph Pfefferle (1756-1838). They created the ceilings and vaults of many chapels and churches and frescoes of great vitality. Niederwald’s portrait painter Lorent Justin Ritz (1796-1870) as well as his son Raphaël Ritz (1829-1894) and Ludwig Werlen (1884-1928) have all enjoyed great notoriety.
ORGAN FACTORS AND BELL CASTORS
Matthäus Carlen (1691-1749) was a renowned bell founder and organ builder. He was at the origin of a dynasty which lasted seven generations and which established organs in France and the United States. The Walpen family, for their part, succeeded in installing their organs and bells in many churches and bell towers in Valais, Uri, Graubünden and Lucerne.