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.

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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.

Academic Painting

The fake academic painting.
The fake academic painting.

There are coffee stains in the top right corner of the fake academic painting.

Basic Painting

The fake basic painting.
The fake basic painting.

In the fake basic painting, the boy has heavy, straight-across bangs.

Common Painting

The real common painting.
The real common painting.

There is no fake version of the common painting.

Detailed Painting

The fake detailed painting.
The fake detailed 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.

Dynamic Painting

The real dynamic painting.
The real dynamic painting.

There is no fake version of the dynamic painting.

Famous Painting

The fake famous painting.
The fake famous painting.

The fake Mona Lisa has arched, contoured eyebrows.

Flowery Painting

The real flowery painting.
The real flowery painting.

There is no fake version of the flowery painting.

Glowing Painting

The real glowing painting.
The real glowing painting.

There is no fake version of the glowing painting.

Graceful Painting

A fake graceful painting.
A fake graceful 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).

Jolly Painting

The real jolly painting vs. the fake one.
The real jolly painting vs. the fake one.

In the real jolly painting, the subject has a leaf coming out of their chest in the bottom right corner.

Moody Painting

The real moody painting.
The real moody painting.

There is no fake version of the moody painting.

Moving Painting

The real moving painting vs. the fake one.
The real moving painting vs. the fake one.

There are tall trees on the right side of the real moving painting. The fake is missing the trees.

Mysterious Painting

The real mysterious painting.
The real mysterious painting.

There is no fake version of the mysterious painting.

Nice Painting

The real nice painting.
The real nice painting.

There is no fake version of the nice painting.

Perfect Painting

The real perfect painting.
The real perfect painting.

There is no fake version of the perfect painting.

Quaint Painting

The real quaint painting vs. the fake one.
The real quaint painting vs. the fake one.

There is a solid stream of water coming out of the pitcher in the fake quaint painting. The real one is just a trickle.

Scary Painting

The fake scary painting.
The fake scary painting.

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.

Scenic Painting

The fake scenic painting.
The fake scenic painting.

In the fake scenic painting, there is one man in the bottom-left corner; in the real painting, there are two.

Serene Painting

The real serene painting vs. the fake one.
The real serene painting vs. the fake one.

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.

Sinking Painting

The real sinking painting.
The real sinking painting.

There is no fake version of the sinking painting.

Solemn Painting

The fake solemn painting.
The fake solemn 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.

Twinkling Painting

The real twinkling painting.
The real twinkling painting.

There is no fake version of the twinkling painting.

Wild Painting Left Half

The fake wild painting left half.
The fake wild painting left half.

The creature should be white; in the fake wild painting (left half), it is green.

Wistful Painting

The real wistful painting vs. one of the fakes.
The real wistful painting vs. one of the fakes.

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.

Ancient Statue

The real ancient statue.
The real ancient statue.

The fake ancient statue has antennae by its head.

Beautiful Statue

The fake beautiful statue.
The fake beautiful statue.

The fake beautiful statue is wearing a necklace.

Informative Statue

The fake informative statue.
The fake informative statue.

The fake informative statue is blue, while the real one is a more realistic gray.

Mystic Statue

The real mystic statue vs. the fake one.
The real mystic statue vs. the fake one.

The fake mystic statue has a dangly earring.

Rock-Head Statue

The fake rock-head statue.
The fake rock-head statue.

The fake rock-head statue is smiling.

Tremendous Statue

The fake tremendous statue.
The fake tremendous statue.

The fake tremendous statue has a lid; the real statue is open with no lid.

Valiant Statue

The fake valiant statue.
The fake valiant statue.

In the fake, the statue is stepping forward with its left foot. In the real valiant statue, it is stepping forward with its right.

Warrior Statue

The fake warrior statue.
The fake warrior statue.

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 NameReal-Life ArtHow To Spot The Fake
Academic paintingThe Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da VinciThere are coffee stains in the top right corner of the fake.
Amazing paintingThe Night Watch by RembrandtThe man in the front and center of the painting is missing his hat in the fake.
Basic paintingThe Blue Boy by Thomas GainsboroughIn the fake, the boy has heavy, straight-across bangs.
Calm paintingA Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges SeuratThere is no fake!
Common paintingThe Gleaners by Jean-François MilletThere is no fake!
Detailed paintingRooster and Hen with Hydrangeas (Ajisai Sōkeizu) by Itō JakuchūThe flowers are purple instead of blue in the fake.
Dynamic paintingThe Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika HokusaiThere is no fake!
Famous paintingMona Lisa by Leonardo da VinciThe fake Mona Lisa has arched, contoured eyebrows.
Flowery paintingSunflowers by Vincent van GoghThere is no fake!
Glowing paintingThe Fighting Temeraire by J. M. W. TurnerThere is no fake!
Graceful paintingBeauty Looking Back by Hishikawa MoronobuThe beauty should only take up two-thirds of the height of the painting. In the fake, she's much taller.
Jolly paintingSummer (1563) by Guiseppe ArcimboldoIn the real painting, the subject has a leaf coming out of their chest in the bottom right corner.
Moody paintingThe Sower by Jean-François MilletThere is no fake!
Moving paintingThe Birth of Venus by Sandro BotticelliThere are tall trees on the right side of the real painting. The fake is missing the trees.
Mysterious paintingIsle of the Dead (1883) by Arnold BöcklinThere is no fake!
Nice paintingThe Fifer by Édouard ManetThere is no fake!
Perfect paintingStill Life with Apples and Oranges by Paul CézanneThere is no fake!
Proper paintingA Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard ManetThere is no fake!
Quaint paintingThe Milkmaid by Johannes VermeerThere is a solid stream of water coming out of the pitcher in the fake. The real one is just a trickle.
Scary paintingŌtani Oniji the 3rd as Yakko Edobei by Tōshūsai SharakuHis eyebrows look worried (angled down) instead of angry.
Scenic paintingThe Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the ElderIn the fake, there is one man; in the real painting, there are two.
Serene paintingLady with an Ermine by Leonardo da VinciThe ermine looks more like a duck in the fake. In the real painting, it is all white.
Sinking paintingOphelia by John Everett MillaisThere is no fake!
Solemn paintingLas Meninas by Diego VelázquezThe man in the doorway is lifting his arm up in the fake; in the real painting, he is holding open a curtain.
Twinkling paintingThe Starry Night by Vincent van GoghThere is no fake!
Warm paintingThe Clothed Maja by Francisco GoyaThere is no fake!
Wild painting left halfWind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya SōtatsuThe creature should be white; in the fake, it is green.
Wild painting right halfWind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya SōtatsuThe creature should be green; in the fake, it is white.
Wistful paintingGirl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes VermeerIn the fake painting, the girl's earring is a large, silver star instead of a pearl.
Worthy paintingLiberty Leading the People by Eugène DelacroixThere is no fake!
Ancient statueDogū statue from prehistoric JapanThe fake ancient statue has antennae near its head.
Beautiful statueVenus de Milo by Alexandros of AntiochThe fake statue is wearing a necklace.
Familiar statueThe Thinker by Auguste RodinThere is no fake!
Gallant statueDavid by MichelangeloThe fake David is holding a book under one arm.
Great statueKing Kamehameha by Thomas R. GouldThere is no fake!
Informative statueThe Rosetta StoneThe fake one is bright blue, while the real one is a more realistic gray.
Motherly statueCapitoline Wolf (artist unknown)In the fake statue, the wolf's tongue is hanging out.
Mystic statueBust of Nefertiti by ThutmoseThe fake statue has a dangly earring.
Robust statueDiscobolus by MyronThe fake statue is wearing a watch on his right hand.
Rock-head statueOlmec Colossal Head 1The fake statue is smiling.
Tremendous statueHoumuwu dingThe fake statue has a lid; the real statue is open with no lid.
Valiant statueThe 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 statueTerracotta Army soldierThe fake statue is holding a shovel; the real one is holding nothing.

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