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Redd Painting Guide: How to Tell if Art is Real or Fake

by Kegan Mooney

Redd is a crafty fox in Animal Crossing New Horizons who will try and rip you off with fake art, it’s down to you to be able to spot the difference between real works of art and fakes, but how do you tell which art is real?

How to find Redd on your island

When he first appears, you will have an announcement about a shifty character, which means he is on your island and you can spot him wandering around.

After your first encounter with him, you will find him in his boat, which is always docked up at the north end of your island.

You can enter his boat and take a look at his stock, which includes 4 pieces of art and 2 furniture items.

How to spot fake art

All of the artwork at Redd’s shop is based on real-life art, but the fakes will have some differences compared to real art.

Basically, this is an expensive game of spot the difference, in which your best bet is to Google the original art pieces to compare them to the ones at Redd’s shop and make sure they match.

For example, the Mona Lisa painting has a slight difference in Animal Crossing in comparison to the actual Mona Lisa. Can you tell the difference?

Redd’s version of the Mona Lisa is on the left, whereas the real painting is on the right. The difference? Well, the eyebrows are raised in Redd’s painting so you can tell that it is a fake.

To help you determine whether art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is real or fake, we’ve put together a comprehensive Redd’s Painting guide to help earn some money in Animal Crossing.

Academic Painting

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man features in Redd’s shop. However, the fake art piece features a coffee/tea stain located in the top right-hand corner.

Amazing Painting

Rembrandt’s The Night Watch can be identified as real or fake by the removal of the hat from the person in the center of the painting.

Basic Painting

The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough includes a “block” fringe (or bangs) on the boy in the painting in Redd’s fake art.

Calm Painting

Georges-Pierre Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is one of the few only real pieces of art in Animal Crossing.

The Calm Painting purchased from Redd will always be the real painting, so you can purchase with confidence.

Common Painting

The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet is a real painting you can purchase from Redd in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The Common Painting doesn’t have a fake version.

Detailed Painting

Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas – Ito Jakuchu is easy to make money on in Animal Crossing. The fake painting features purple flowers, whereas the real painting has blue flowers.

Dynamic Painting

Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa is a real painting sold by Redd. There’s no fake version, so if you see Redd selling this piece, you can spend your bells with reassurance.

Flowery Painting

Vincent van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting, known as Flowery Painting in Animal Crossing is a real piece of art. No fake version exists.

Glowing Painting

There is no fake version of Joseph Mallord William Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire painting. You can purchase the Glowing Painting from Redd in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Graceful Painting

Beauty Looking Back – Hishikawa Moronobu is possibly one of the harder fake paintings in Animal Crossing to identify. In the fake pieces of art, the woman is larger than that of the real painting and it’s possible the “haunted” version of the painting will flip horizontally.

Jolly Painting

Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo is a hard one to spot the difference. In Redd’s fake piece of art, you can notice the missing flower sprouting from the figure’s chest.

Moody Painting

Jean-François Millet’s The Sower doesn’t feature a fake version in Redd’s art shop in Animal Crossing.

Moving Painting

The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli in Animal Crossing can be sold as fake art. The fake art can be spotted by the removal of the trees behind the figure on the right.

Mysterious Painting

Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin is a real painting. There is no fake version sold by Redd in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Nice Painting

You can purchase the Nice Painting, Young Flautist – Édouard Manet, from Redd in Animal Crossing. This painting doesn’t feature a fake version.

Perfect Painting

Known as the Perfect Painting, Paul Cézanne’s Apples and Oranges doesn’t feature as fake art in Animal Crossing.

Proper Painting

Édouard Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, known as the Proper Painting in Animal Crossing is a real piece of art. There is no fake version sold by Redd.

Quaint Painting

If you look at Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid painting in Animal Crossing, you can spot the fake by a large amount of milk pouring out of the jug.

Scary Painting

Otani Oniji II by Tōshūsai Sharaku features sad eyebrows in Redd’s fake piece of art. There’s also a haunted version of this piece which sports a smiling face.

Scenic Painting

If you want to detect the real version of Pieter Bruegel’s The Hunters in the Snow, you can spot the difference by the missing third hunter. In the real piece of art, all hunters are present.

Serene Painting

Lady with an Ermine – Leonardo Da Vinci has a slightly miscolored ermine (stoat) in the fake version of the Serene Painting.

Sinking Painting

John Everett Millais’s Ophelia is a real piece of art. You cannot purchase a fake piece of art of the Sinking Painting from Redd.

Solemn Painting

In Diego Velasquez’s Las Meninas, you can spot the fake piece of art by zooming into the man in the doorway at the back. The fake art has the man pointing upwards, whereas the real painting reaches out in front of him.

Twinkling Painting

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh is the real deal. You cannot buy a fake version of this piece of art from Redd in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Warm Painting

The Clothed Maja by Francisco Goya is a real painting in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, known as the Warm Painting.

Wild Painting Left Half

Tawaraya Sotatsu’s Wind God and Thunder God contains two sides. The fake piece of art can be spotted by the left side featuring a green creature, as opposed to the real painting which is white.

Wild Painting Right Half

On the right half of Wind God and Thunder God by Tawaraya Sotatsu, the color of the creature is white, whereas in the real painting it is green.

Wistful Painting

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer features a star earring in Redd’s fake piece of art. In the real painting, the earring is circular in shape.

Worthy Painting

Liberty Leading the People – Eugène Delacroix is not a fake piece of art. You can buy this from Redd knowing that it is real.

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