Object photography

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On View Nancy and George Putnam Gallery, level 1

Object description

  • Philip Reisman (American, 1904 - 1992)
  • The Tuna Shed, 1951
  • Oil on masonite
  • Cape Ann, Massachusetts, United States
  • H: 39 1/4 in, W: 45 1/4 in (H: 99.7 cm, W: 114.9 cm)
  • Gift of Louise K. Reisman, 1992
  • M23695


signed lower right corner of painting, "Philip Reisman 1951."


This is an oil painting depicting an aspect of the Gloucester tuna fishery from the perspective of the processing house. A large fish hangs from its tail in the middle of a warehouse. Men in yellow aprons and galoshes gut other fish around the building.