Follow that Art! Balcomb Greene's Six-Sided Planes Becomes a Permanent Resident of the de Young

After Six-Sided Planes received its makeover in the paintings conservation lab, it was transported to the Legion of Honor for review during the full Board meeting (there are several sub-committee Board meetings that take place throughout the year).

Once the curator presented the work to the Board, they discussed the merits of the painting and ultimately approved the purchase

The picture was then taken back to the registration exam room at the de Young to be accessioned into the permanent collection. The permanent collection registrar assigned a sequential accession number. The accession number assigned to Six-Sided Planes is 2011.10, which indicates that this is the tenth artwork accessioned into the permanent collection in the year 2011. 

This information, along with artist information, title, media and credit line will appear in our internal records and the collection management database. A shortened version of this detailed information is displayed on exhibition labels:

  • Balcomb Greene (American, 1904–1990) ⇒ Artist name (Country of origin, Birth year–Death year)
  • Six-Sided Planes, 1937 ⇒ Title, Year created
  • Oil on canvas ⇒ Media (materials that the artist used to make the work)
  • Museum purchase, Harriet and Maurice Gregg American Abstract Art Fund ⇒ Credit line
  • 2011.10 ⇒ Accession number

A permanent label with this information is affixed to the backing board of the painting. (Notice how the backing board on this painting is partially cut away, so that original notations on the stretcher bars remain visible.)



The next step in the acquisitions process is to photograph the painting for internal recordkeeping, the collections management database and use on the Museums' website. Tune in next week to go behind the scenes into the Museums' photography studio!