Jean-Antoine Norbert’s interest is life energy forces. What is Life? Is Life the opposite of death? How the Pathos/disease (Diss-ease) pervade into our body and mind? Life is fragile and needs to be nourished and protected. Jean-Antoine’s point of view has been strongly influence by his experience as a physician MD. This thinking is at the base of all Jean-Antoine Norbert’s work whether it is representational or abstract. In both styles he explores Catharsis which is the “purgation, of the emotions that brings a release from tension.” (Webster) More precisely, it is the purgation of the emotion that is trapped in a complex; this [purgation] allows for one’s expression as one becomes conscious again. Once the image is created, the catharsis works also on the spectator.” Catharsis is one of the functions of the tragedy entertainment according to Aristotle. It is a question of releasing the spectators of their passions by expressing them symbolically. The tragic entertainment operates, on the spectator, as a purification of the passions” (Étudeslitteraires.com). Through the portrayal and exploration of struggle and catharsis, Jean-Antoine offers the viewer a chance to release his own psychological tension with visual art. Each image are mature over a long period of time and finally brought on the canvas using symbols and staging.