Arnold Newman took this portrait of Duchamp at "The First Papers of Surrealism," a group exhibition that Duchamp co-organized with fellow artist André Breton. For the exhibition, Duchamp had acquired sixteen miles of string, only one mile of which he used to create a cobweb effect throughout the venue, obstructing the viewing experience and disrupting conventional ideas for the installation of artwork. Newman's closely cropped photograph, which shows Duchamp looking through a barricade of threads, evokes Duchamp's Three Standard Stoppages, a work that recorded the random falling of bits of string and was also featured in this exhibition. On another level, the haphazardly arranged string recalls the cracks in The Large Glass (1915-23), which was broken in transit after being exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum. Newman's photograph suggests the inseparability of the artist and his oeuvre.