Animal Crossing Redd's Art Guide: How To Tell Fake Art From Real Art In New Horizons
When you're buying art from Jolly Redd, there's a chance it may be fake. Here's how to tell what's legit.
One of the many special visitors who can visit your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a fox named Jolly Redd. Redd, who was known as Crazy Redd in previous games, was added in the 1.2.0 update in April and brought a major feature to the game: art! Like fish, bugs, and fossils, art can be donated to the museum once it has upgraded--but only if that art is legitimate. Redd, being a shady fox, will often sell counterfeit art, and you can't donate the fakes. This means that a keen eye for paintings and statues is important.
There are currently 43 pieces of legitimate art in New Horizons, consisting of a variety of classic paintings, statues, and a few ancient artifacts to collect. Below, we list all the art in the game and detail how to spot a real piece of art from a fake. As we continue to play and get visits from Jolly Redd, we'll update this guide with more and more images so you can be absolutely sure what you're buying is legit. However, you might want to buy some of the fakes anyway if you like haunted art.
If you're looking for a complete list of all the items in New Horizons, including art, you can check out GameFAQs' catalog tool--you can search for the items you're looking for or just browse.
How To Buy Art From Redd
While Jolly Redd joins the cast of special visitors who can visit your island at random, he won't show up right away. First, you have to donate at least 60 items (fish, bugs, and/or fossils) to the museum, according to dataminer @_Ninji on Twitter. Once you've done that, the next time you talk to Blathers, he'll tell you he'd like to expand the museum to include an art wing. The day after that, Redd will arrive in his Treasure Trawler boat.
The first time Jolly Redd visits your island, he will wander around the way Saharah, Flick, and some other visitors do and sell you a piece of art sight-unseen. This piece of art should be legitimate, and you can donate it to Blathers in order to trigger the museum upgrade. The second time he visits, you'll have to talk to him in order to get permission to enter his boat, which will be docked at the "secret" beach on the north side of your island; after that, on the days he visits, you can simply enter his boat without speaking to him first. An icon representing his boat will appear on your map on the days Redd visits.
When on Redd's boat, you'll be able to inspect the art before you buy it--which is where the images below will come in handy. Each piece of art, regardless of whether it's genuine or not, costs 4,980 bells. You can only buy one piece of art per day, but you can buy art on friends' islands, and friends can buy art on your island as long as they haven't already bought a piece of art somewhere else that day. This is useful for the occasions when Redd is selling two pieces of legitimate art, which is entirely possible! And since Redd visits randomly, he won't always visit your friends on the same day he visits you, which means you can coordinate with your friends to buy art on each other's islands and speed up your art-collection process.
How To Spot Fake Art
All the art in Animal Crossing games is based on real-world masterworks like van Gogh's The Starry Night, da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and Hokusai's The Great Wave. There's a good chance you'll recognize at least some of the art on sale, and for the ones you don't recognize, we've included details about the real-life art and artists below.
The trick to spotting a forgery is inspecting the art to see if it matches its real-world counterpart. Usually, this involves looking for differences in a focal point of the painting: The Girl with a Pearl Earring's pearl earring, Mona Lisa's eyebrows, and the like. Colors, facial features, clothing, and more might be incorrect. However, there are some paintings for which there is no fake version at all, so if it looks right, there's a chance it is.
Below are side-by-side images of the real and fake art that Jolly Redd sells. Paintings are in alphabetical order from the top, followed by statues and artifacts, and we've indicated those pieces that have no fake version as well. There is a complete list of all the art and a text description of the fake version in the table at the bottom of this article; we're working to add all the images over the coming days.
There are coffee stains in the top right corner of the fake academic painting.
In the fake basic painting, the boy has heavy, straight-across bangs.
There is no fake version of the common painting.
The flowers are purple in the fake; in the real detailed painting, they are blue. There is also vertical text and an icon on the left side of the real painting.
There is no fake version of the dynamic painting.
The fake Mona Lisa has arched, contoured eyebrows.
There is no fake version of the flowery painting.
There is no fake version of the glowing painting.
The woman should only take up two-thirds of the height of the graceful painting. In the fake, she's much taller. There's also another version of this fake in which she's facing the other way (but she's the same size).
In the real jolly painting, the subject has a leaf coming out of their chest in the bottom right corner.
There is no fake version of the moody painting.
There are tall trees on the right side of the real moving painting. The fake is missing the trees.
There is no fake version of the mysterious painting.
There is no fake version of the nice painting.
There is no fake version of the perfect painting.
There is a solid stream of water coming out of the pitcher in the fake quaint painting. The real one is just a trickle.
In the fake scary painting, the man's eyebrows are angled down, toward the outside of this face. In the real painting, they're angled up, like the letter V.
In the fake scenic painting, there is one man in the bottom-left corner; in the real painting, there are two.
The animal in the fake serene painting looks more like a duck, with dark markings around its eyes and a yellowish snout. In the real painting, it is all white.
There is no fake version of the sinking painting.
The man in the doorway is lifting his arm up in the fake; in the real solemn painting, he is holding open a curtain with his arm more perpendicular to the ground.
There is no fake version of the twinkling painting.
Wild Painting Left Half
The creature should be white; in the fake wild painting (left half), it is green.
In the fake wistful painting, the girl's earring is a large, silver star instead of a pearl. The fake may also appear with her eyes closed (and the same star earring); it is not a separate item, however. That's because the wistful painting is one of several "haunted" art pieces that can move and/or change! She'll have her eyes open during the day and closed at night.
The fake ancient statue has antennae by its head.
The fake beautiful statue is wearing a necklace.
The fake informative statue is blue, while the real one is a more realistic gray.
The fake mystic statue has a dangly earring.
The fake rock-head statue is smiling.
The fake tremendous statue has a lid; the real statue is open with no lid.
In the fake, the statue is stepping forward with its left foot. In the real valiant statue, it is stepping forward with its right.
The fake warrior statue is holding a shovel; the real one is holding nothing.
All The Art In New Horizons
Below is a complete list of all the art you can buy from Jolly Redd in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including what real-life art it's based on and a description of how to identify the fake version (if there is one). We will add images of all the art to the list above as we get them.
|Art Name||Real-Life Art||How To Spot The Fake|
|Academic painting||The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci||There are coffee stains in the top right corner of the fake.|
|Amazing painting||The Night Watch by Rembrandt||The man in the front and center of the painting is missing his hat in the fake.|
|Basic painting||The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough||In the fake, the boy has heavy, straight-across bangs.|
|Calm painting||A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat||There is no fake!|
|Common painting||The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet||There is no fake!|
|Detailed painting||Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas (Ajisai Sōkeizu) by Itō Jakuchū||The flowers are purple instead of blue in the fake.|
|Dynamic painting||The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai||There is no fake!|
|Famous painting||Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci||The fake Mona Lisa has arched, contoured eyebrows.|
|Flowery painting||Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh||There is no fake!|
|Glowing painting||The Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. Turner||There is no fake!|
|Graceful painting||Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu||The beauty should only take up two-thirds of the height of the painting. In the fake, she's much taller.|
|Jolly painting||Summer (1563) by Guiseppe Arcimboldo||In the real painting, the subject has a leaf coming out of their chest in the bottom right corner.|
|Moody painting||The Sower by Jean-François Millet||There is no fake!|
|Moving painting||The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli||There are tall trees on the right side of the real painting. The fake is missing the trees.|
|Mysterious painting||Isle of the Dead (1883) by Arnold Böcklin||There is no fake!|
|Nice painting||The Fifer by Édouard Manet||There is no fake!|
|Perfect painting||Still Life with Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne||There is no fake!|
|Proper painting||A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet||There is no fake!|
|Quaint painting||The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer||There is a solid stream of water coming out of the pitcher in the fake. The real one is just a trickle.|
|Scary painting||Ōtani Oniji the 3rd as Yakko Edobei by Tōshūsai Sharaku||His eyebrows look worried (angled down) instead of angry.|
|Scenic painting||The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder||In the fake, there is one man; in the real painting, there are two.|
|Serene painting||Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci||The ermine looks more like a duck in the fake. In the real painting, it is all white.|
|Sinking painting||Ophelia by John Everett Millais||There is no fake!|
|Solemn painting||Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez||The man in the doorway is lifting his arm up in the fake; in the real painting, he is holding open a curtain.|
|Twinkling painting||The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh||There is no fake!|
|Warm painting||The Clothed Maja by Francisco Goya||There is no fake!|
|Wild painting left half||Wind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya Sōtatsu||The creature should be white; in the fake, it is green.|
|Wild painting right half||Wind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya Sōtatsu||The creature should be green; in the fake, it is white.|
|Wistful painting||Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer||In the fake painting, the girl's earring is a large, silver star instead of a pearl.|
|Worthy painting||Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix||There is no fake!|
|Ancient statue||Dogū statue from prehistoric Japan||The fake ancient statue has antennae near its head.|
|Beautiful statue||Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch||The fake statue is wearing a necklace.|
|Familiar statue||The Thinker by Auguste Rodin||There is no fake!|
|Gallant statue||David by Michelangelo||The fake David is holding a book under one arm.|
|Great statue||King Kamehameha by Thomas R. Gould||There is no fake!|
|Informative statue||The Rosetta Stone||The fake one is bright blue, while the real one is a more realistic gray.|
|Motherly statue||Capitoline Wolf (artist unknown)||In the fake statue, the wolf's tongue is hanging out.|
|Mystic statue||Bust of Nefertiti by Thutmose||The fake statue has a dangly earring.|
|Robust statue||Discobolus by Myron||The fake statue is wearing a watch on his right hand.|
|Rock-head statue||Olmec Colossal Head 1||The fake statue is smiling.|
|Tremendous statue||Houmuwu ding||The fake statue has a lid; the real statue is open with no lid.|
|Valiant statue||The Winged Victory of Samothrace (artist unknown)||In the fake, the statue is stepping forward with its left foot. In the real statue, it is stepping forward with its right.|
|Warrior statue||Terracotta Army soldier||The fake statue is holding a shovel; the real one is holding nothing.|
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