Covarrubias was a cosmopolitan artist whose work is difficult to be categorized under one movement. There are characteristics of ethnography and anthropology retractable in his extensive oeuvre that he produced all over the world; his travels included New York, Paris, Germany, Japan, China and Bali. In 1927, by age of 24 he published “Negro Drawings” where he captured the culture of black Harlem with depictions of the jazz, blues and Charleston scene in New York. Covarrubias’s work was never limited to the ideals of the Mexican muralist movement, he had a scope that literally crossed borders of artistic movements and the world. Because of his spontaneous way of working on location, drawing was a very important medium for him. The directness of drawing offered him the opportunity to catch the scene’s of the New York nightlife in the heat of the moment.