Animal Crossing: How to Tell Real Art from Fake On Redd's Treasure Trawler

Animal Crossing‘s tricky art-dealer, Redd, is back as part of New Horizons‘ latest update. Now, players will be able to buy art from the kitsune on his boat and donate them to Blathers at the museum. However, like in past games, not all of the art this shifty character sells is authentic. You’ll have to make sure that the painting is the real deal to avoid getting scammed, as Blathers won’t accept forgeries.

First, to unlock Redd, you’ll need to speak to Blathers at the Museum after downloading the Nature Day update. He’ll mention his plans on adding an art gallery to the museum, and Redd will appear the next day, wandering on your island somewhere. He’s an orange fox with a blue apron. You’ll spot an odd boat, Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler, docked on the secret beach at the north end of your island, but you won’t be able to go inside until you’ve run into Redd. Upon talking to him, he’ll offer to sell you a genuine painting for the outrageous sum of 498,000 Bells. Regardless of whether you have the Bells on hand, though, you’ll refuse, and he’ll reduce the offer to a more reasonable 4,980 Bells.

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Then, take the painting to Blathers, who will start the process of expanding the museum. After a day of construction, the upgraded Museum will reopen with a new art wing, and Redd’s trawler will begin to appear on random days like Flick and C.J. with artwork to sell. Once on Redd’s boat, you’ll be able to purchase one of four displayed art pieces. There are forty-three possible works to collect and donate to Blathers. Once bought, the art will be mailed to you the next day.

You’ll need to be vigilant while in Jolly Redd’s to avoid getting scammed. First, several works are always genuine:

  • Calm Painting (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat)
  • Common Painting (The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet)
  • Dynamic Painting (Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai)
  • Familiar Statue (The Thinker by Auguste Rodin)
  • Flowery Painting (Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh)
  • Glowing Painting (The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner)
  • Great Statue (King Kamehameha I by Thomas Ridgeway Gould)
  • Moody Painting (The Sower by Jean-François Millet)
  • Mysterious Painting (Isle of the Dead by Arnold Böcklin)
  • Nice Painting (The Fifer by Édouard Manet)
  • Perfect Painting (Apples and Oranges by Paul Cézanne)
  • Proper Painting (A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet)
  • Sinking Painting (Ophelia by John Everett Millais)
  • Twinkling Painting (The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh)
  • Warm Painting (The Clothed Maja by Francisco De Goya)
  • Worthy Painting (Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix)

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Then, there are the pieces that can be fake. Luckily, just like in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you’ll be able to take a closer look before you spend your hard-earned Bells on a work of art. All of the forgeries will have something slightly off about them, which should be clear when juxtaposed with the real work. For example, in the fake “Wistful Painting” (Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer), the girl will have a star-shaped earring (left) instead of the famous pearl (right).

Here are the works that can be forgeries:

  • Academic Painting (Vitruvian Man by Leonardo Da Vinci)
  • Amazing Painting (The Night Watch by Rembrandt Van Rijn)
  • Ancient Statue (Jomon Period “Dogu” Figurine Shakoki-Dogu by Unknown)
  • Basic Painting (The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough)
  • Beautiful Statue (Venus De Milo by Alexandros of Antioch)
  • Detailed Painting (Ajisai Sokeizu by Ito Jakuchu)
  • Famous Painting (The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci)
  • Gallant Statue (David by Michelangelo)
  • Graceful Painting (Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu)
  • Informative Statue (Rosetta Stone by Unknown)
  • Jolly Painting (Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo)
  • Motherly Statue (Capitoline Wolf by Antonio del Pollaiuolo)
  • Moving Painting (The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli)
  • Mystic Statue (Bust of Nefertiti by Thutmose)
  • Quaint Painting (The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer)
  • Robust Statue (Discobolus by Myron)
  • Rock-Head Statue (Olmec Colossal Head by Unknown)
  • Scary Painting (Otani Oniji The Third As Yakko Edobei by Tohsusai Sharaku)
  • Scenic Painting (The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder)
  • Serene Painting (Lady With An Ermine by Leonardo Da Vinci)
  • Solemn Painting (Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez)
  • Tremendous Statue (Houmuwu Ding by Unknown)
  • Valiant Statue (Nike of Samothrace by Unknown)
  • Warrior Statue (Terracotta Warrior by Unknown)
  • Wild Painting Left Half (Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sotatsu)
  • Wild Painting Right Half (Folding Screen of Fujin and Raijin by Tawaraya Sotatsu)

Again, if you come across one of these works, be sure to double-check against the real deal to avoid getting ripped off by the cunning fox.

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Redd, the shifty, art-dealing fox, has returned in the latest Animal Crossing: New Horizons update. Here's how to avoid getting scammed.

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