Negulesco's early drawing shows a barefoot male figure with a full basket walking away from the viewer. The basket might be filled with fruit en route to a market. With India Ink the director/artist signs, "J. Negulesco '36/Mexico." The figure might be a composite image of farmers or venders the director saw while in Mexico. This is a charming and bright composition from an early period in his Hollywood career.
Negulesco started his career as a painter, trained in Paris, taught by Brancusi also Romanian born. Negulesco worked as a set designer with Jean Cocteau and Picasso then shifted to film at the age of 34 first in movie production then as director. He remained a talented artist and continued to draw throughout his successful Hollywood career.