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Animal Crossing: New Horizons guide - Jolly Redd’s art, real or fake?

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Figure out which art pieces are real and which are forgeries

An Animal Crossing character stands on Redd’s boat Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Jolly Redd has returned to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, bringing furniture and art with him.

Redd will have four different art pieces in on his boat (as well as two pieces of regular furniture). As in past games, Redd will sell genuine artworks (that can be donated to the Museum) and forgeries (which can’t be donated). Below we’ll go over how to spot a fake.

You can only buy one of the four art pieces displayed, so choose wisely. Based on our experiences, it’s possible for all four of the art pieces to be fake. It’s also possible for Redd to be selling more than one real piece of art. From counting the name plates in the museum, there are 43 art pieces to find and donate.

Once you buy it from Redd, the art will get mailed to you the next day.

Complete List of Paintings

Complete List of Statues

Where do I find Redd?

You’ll need to talk to Blathers and have him mention the idea of allowing art before Redd will show up. According to a data mine by Ninji, this will happen once you submit at least 60 donations to the museum (fish, bugs, or fossils). The day after Blathers talks about art, Isabelle will warn you of shady art dealers during her morning announcements. You’ll then be able to find Redd roaming your island.

Jolly Redd tries to rip off an Animal Crossing character Image: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo via Polygon

Upon talking to him, he’ll offer you a random painting for a for a whopping 498,000 Bells. After declining, he’ll give you a “discount” to 4,980 Bells. This art piece will be genuine.

Donate the first piece of art to Blathers, and he’ll talk about opening an art exhibit. The next day, the museum will be closed for renovations. Another day later, the museum will open with an art exhibit and Redd will start appearing on your island on random days.

Redd shows up on a boat at your island’s tiny beach in the north of your island. The beach is all the way on the back of your island, and if you haven’t terraformed back there, you’ll likely need a ladder to reach it.

Redd’s boat will appear on random days, similar to other island merchants like Kicks and Flick. We’re unsure if Redd’s boat has any unlocking prerequisites (such as needing the Resident Services tent to upgrade to a building before he’ll show up, or needing to donate a certain amount to the Museum).

What do I do with the art?

The art can be donated to the Museum, provided that it’s genuine. It can also be used as a normal furniture item to be displayed in your home. If it’s a statue, it can also be placed anywhere on the island.

If you buy a fake, not even Timmy and Tommy will want to buy it. You’ll have to dispose of it using a Trash Can furnishing item if you don’t want it anymore. Or you can just display it and fool your uncultured friends.

How to tell which of Redd’s artworks are real and which are fake

All of Redd’s artworks are based off of real world paintings and sculptures. But the tricky fox may try to sell you a forgery that looks very similar to the genuine article. Each fake will have a visible difference from the real version.

Redd has really stepped up his game this time around and his art is pretty hard to differentiate from the real versions. Keep in mind that the differences between the real and fakes are not the same as they were in Animal Crossing: New Leaf and are much harder to spot.

In the list below, we’ll include descriptions of how you can tell the difference between a real piece of art and a forgery. We’ll keep updating as we find more.

Update (Apr. 23): While we used the painting textures from the game to list the paintings below, it appears that there have been reports of multiple types of fake paintings that were not in the textures we used. That being said, make sure to inspect the paintings carefully and compare them to the real paintings below before you make any purchases. We will continue investigating and update this guide as we find more information.

Serene Painting

(Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci)

A comparison of the real and fake Serene Painting in Animal Crossing. The fake is holding a creature with a raccoon-like pattern Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The real version will have a woman holding an all-white ermine. In the fake version, the ermine will have raccoon-like circles around its eyes.

Warm Painting

(The Clothed Maja by Francisco de Goya)

A confirmation that the Warm Painting is always real in Animal Crossing Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Warm Painting is always genuine.

Wistful Painting

(Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer)

A comparison image showing what the fake Wistful Painting looks like Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The real version has a pearl earring (shocker). The fake version has a star-shaped earring. There is another fake version with the subject’s eyes closed, which also has a star-shaped earring.

Academic Painting

(Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci)

A comparison between the real and fake Academic Painting. The fake version has a coffee stain. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of this painting will have a coffee stain in the corner.

Graceful Painting

(Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu)

A comparison of the real and fake Graceful Painting Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The real version has a white tag near her hair. The fake version does not have the tag. The woman in the fake painting is also larger. Another version of a fake Graceful Painting has her looking to the left, instead of to the right.

Calm Painting

(A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat)

A confirmation that the Calm Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Calm Painting is always genuine.

Flowery Painting

(Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh)

A confirmation that the Flowery Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Flowery Painting is always genuine.

Jolly Painting

(Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo)

A comparison showing that the fake version of the Jolly Painting is missing a flower on his chest. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Jolly Painting will be missing the sprout on the subject’s chest.

Moody Painting

(The Sower by Jean-François Millet)

Confirmation that the Moody Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Moody Painting is always genuine.

Famous Painting

(The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci)

A comparison showing that the fake version of the Famous Painting has eyebrows. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Famous Painting will have eyebrows.

Scary Painting

(Ōtani Oniji the 3rd as Yakko Edobei by Tōshūsai Sharaku)

A comparison of the real and fake Scary Painting Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Scary Painting will have sad-looking eyebrows. The real one looks more angry. An additional fake version may have him smiling, though his eyebrows will still be sad-looking.

Dynamic Painting

(Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai)

A confirmation that the Dynamic Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Dynamic Painting is always genuine.

Scenic Painting

(The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Bruegel the Elder)

A comparison showing that the fake version of the Scenic Painting is missing people Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of the Scenic Painting will be missing a hunter and some dogs.

Moving Painting

(The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli)

A comparison showing the fake version of the Moving Painting missing trees Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of the Moving Painting will be missing trees in the top right corner.

Amazing Painting

(The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn)

A comparison showing that the fake version of the Amazing Painting is missing a hat Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The man in the front of the fake Amazing Painting is missing his hat.

Quaint Painting

(The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer)

A comparison showing that the fake version of the Quaint Painting has more milk Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

In the fake version, the woman in the Quaint Painting is pouring out much more milk than she is in the real version.

Solemn Painting

(Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez)

A comparison showing the fake version of the Solemn Painting has a man raising his arm Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The man in the background of the fake Solemn Painting is raising his arm more than he is in the real version.

Basic Painting

(The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough)

A comparison showing that the boy in the fake Basic Painting has more hair Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of the Basic Painting depicts the boy with more hair.

Worthy Painting

(Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix)

A confirmation that the Worthy Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Worthy Painting is always genuine.

Glowing Painting

(The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner)

A confirmation that the Glowing Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Glowing Painting is always genuine.

Common Painting

(The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet)

Confirmation that the Common Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Common Painting is always genuine.

Sinking Painting

(Ophelia by John Everett Millais)

The Sinking Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Sinking Painting is always genuine.

Nice Painting

(The Fifer by Édouard Manet)

The Nice Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Nice Painting is always genuine.

Proper Painting

(A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet)

Confirmation that the Proper Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Proper Painting is always genuine.

Mysterious Painting

(Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin)

Confirmation that the Mysterious Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Mysterious Painting is always genuine.

Twinkling Painting

(The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh)

Confirmation that the Twinkling Painting is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Twinkling Painting is always genuine.

Perfect Painting

(Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne)

The Perfect Painting is never fake Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The Perfect Painting is always genuine.

Wild Painting Left Half

(Folding Screen of Fūjin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sōtatsu)

A comparison showing the real and fake Wild Painting Left Half. The fake version shows the beast as green, rather than white Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

In the fake version of the Wild Painting Left Half, the beast is green. It should be white.

Wild Painting Right Half

(Folding Screen of Fūjin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sōtatsu)

A comparison of the real and fake Wild Painting Right Half. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

In the fake version of the Wild Painting Right Half, the beast is white. It should be green.

Detailed Painting

(Ajisai Sōkeizu by Itō Jakuchū)

A comparison of the real and fake Detailed Painting Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Detailed Painting has purple foliage instead of blue. It’s also missing a signature on the left.

Warrior Statue

(Terracotta Warrior by Unknown)

A comparison of the real and fake Warrior Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The real version will not be holding anything. The fake version is holding a shovel.

Motherly Statue

(Captoline Wolf by Unknown)

A comparison between the real and fake Motherly Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of the Motherly Statue will have a tongue sticking out of the wolf’s mouth.

Beautiful Statue

(Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch)

A comparison of the real and fake Beautiful Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version will be wearing a necklace.

Robust Statue

(Discobolus by unknown)

A comparison between the real and fake Robust Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake statue will be wearing a watch on his raised arm.

Gallant Statue

(David by Michelangelo)

A comparison between the real and fake Gallant Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake statue is holding a book under his arm.

Informative Statue

(Rosetta Stone by Unknown)

A comparison of the real and fake Informative Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Informative Statue will be blue, but the real one is black.

Ancient Statue

(Jōmon Period “Dogū” Figurine Shakōki-dogū by Unknown)

A comparison between the real and fake Ancient Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Ancient Statue has two antennas coming out of the side of its head.

The fake statue may also have blue glowing eyes.

Tremendous Statue

(Houmuwu Ding by Unknown)

A comparison of the fake and real Tremendous Statue. The fake one has a lid on it. Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of this statue has a lid. The real one will be open at the top.

Mystic Statue

(Bust of Nefertiti by Thutmose)

A comparison of the real and fake Mystic Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake Mystic Statue will have an earring on the subject’s right ear. Facing the statue directly, the earring will be on the viewer’s left.

Rock-head Statue

(Olmec Colossal Head by Unknown)

A comparison of the real and fake Rock-head Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake statue will be smiling.

Valiant Statue

(Nike of Samothrace by Unknown)

A comparison between the real and fake Valiant Statue Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

The fake version of this statue will have Nike’s left leg forward. The real version has her right leg forward.

Familiar Statue

(The Thinker by Auguste Rodin)

A graphic showing the Familiar Statue in Animal Crossing and confirming that it is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

This statue will always be real.

Great Statue

(King Kamehameha I by Thomas Ridgeway Gould)

A graphic showing the Great Statue in Animal Crossing and confirming that it is always real Image: Julia Lee/Polygon | Source images: Nintendo EPD/Nintendo

This statue will always be real.


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