‘Arms Crossed’ is a medium size vertical expressionist figurative oil on canvas painting created by Vietnamese artist La Ba Quan in 2011. Featuring a palette made of grey, soft blue, green and pink, the painting brings to mind the fascinating aura of a Chaim Soutine. This expressionist painting is dominated by the tortuous lines of the man’s silhouette, along with the thick texture and strong contrast of the various colors. Sitting in a twisted position, the man is focusing all his attention on a cigarette resting on a petite yellow green pot. ‘Arms Crossed’ is one of a series of portrait paintings entitled "The emotion of an old man". Quan uses shades of black, grey skin tones and bright colors to accent the emotions of his figures. He creates extensive texture with thick layers of paint applied on his canvas with a pallet knife.