The portrait is already a subject of choice for the artist Cristobal. However, the anecdotal dimension, a freer and more developed narrative, is missing. This collection enabled him to research around various subjects; woman, child, old man, pets, to create a series of themes all his own.
In particular, the theme of the old man with the beard occupies a large number of paintings in this collection. He does not only want to describe a scene but mainly to create emotions. To achieve this, the research of the subject turns out to be more nuanced; homeless, beggar, itinerant, lonely. He explores various climatic contexts and paints paintings under the palette of winter as well as that of autumn.
The artist develops his subject by paying attention to the size of the portrait on the canvas, never too small and allowing him to develop the traits necessary to nourish the observation; sadness, loneliness, exhaustion, longing. These are paintings that are both portraits and scenes of life.