Oversized flowers become the main subject or are seen growing into landscapes, still lifes and religious scenes in Jette Stoltz's imaginative paintings. They appear as narratives where outer and inner landscapes are woven together.
Gertrud Birgitta Stoltz, known as Jette Stoltz grew up on the rectory in Löderup. Stoltz studied at the Technical School in Stockholm, later known as Konstfack, then in Denmark and for Fernand Léger in Paris. Throughout her life, she maintained contact with her childhood surroundings of Österlen but moved around Europe. After her years of education, she lived periodically in Italy, where her art was appreciated and publicized in connection with exhibitions in Rome in 1959 and 1985, and over time she built up an international network of people who became both friends and buyers of her art. Among these are famous names such as Peggy Guggenheim, Bob and Dolores Hope, Federico Fellini, the Agnelli family, Prince Rainier of Monaco and Marlene Dietrich.
As an adult, Stoltz converted to Catholicism, and she was also artistically inspired by religion and the Christian symbolic language.
Stoltz's work presents an exciting world of images - both realistically and symbolically depicted. It invites personal interpretations, associations and journeys in the imagination. Her paintings are characterized by mindful attention and an eye for detail. Despite the flowing and colorful vegetation, her painting almost always feels carefully considered.
In 2012, a high-profile memorial exhibition was arranged at Ystad Art Museum. Stoltz is represented at the National Museum in Stockholm, Malmö Museum, the Archive Museum in Lund, Ystad Art Museum and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. In 1986, she was the main character in Lasse Holmqvist's popular TV program "Här är ditt liv".