Animal Crossing: New Horizons Redd Fake Art – How to spot fake paintings and statues


It’s time to add the study of fine art to your Animal Crossing: New Horizons Villager’s growing list of qualities. He’s a rare visitor, but the wily fox Jolly Redd is a returning vendor in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, selling masterpieces of “questionable” authenticity.

To broaden the knowledge of the arts on your island home, here’s how to unlock Redd’s Treasure Trawler, as well as tell whether his gallery of art is fake or real.

Redd was added post-launch in an update to New Horizons, and the Treasure Trawler peddles masterworks from around the world – but there’s a catch. In Redd’s inventory are pieces of deviously crafted fake art, paintings and statues, which could fool even the most meticulous collector. However, your old pal Blathers will be able to give anything you buy the definitive seal of approval.

All of the pieces are Animal Crossing versions of a world-famous tour-de-force by some of the most respected practitioners in history – including van Gogh, da Vinci, and Rembrandt, as well as classical Japanese artists.

Not only can you display these new art pieces in your home, but Blathers has opened a whole extra wing of the museum to show them off. By submitting pieces to the museum, you’ll get some extra information on their artist and creation.

How to spot Redd’s fake art, paintings and statues

If – like me – you haven’t had the luxury of whiling away the years on an art history degree, then the subtle discrepancies in the fake art pieces can be difficult to spot – especially the paintings.

To tell Redd’s fakes from the real deal, you’re looking for tiny differences in the Animal Crossing version to the real-life work. This can take the form of things that are missing, things that are added, things that have changed size, or things that have changed color from the original.

One tip is to use the zoomed-in view you get of a piece before you buy to thoroughly inspect it. But you can also speak to your regular villagers for a bit of extra info. If any of them mention they bought a specific fake painting or statue from Redd then you know the one he’s trying to sell you is fake too!

Refer to the lists below for a full run-down of what you need to know.

Redd’s Haunted Paintings and Statues

With a few of the faux masterpieces, it’s not just the mistakes that tip you off to their authenticity. There are a few works the community have dubbed “haunted” paintings and statues because of their habit of doing weird and wonderful things.

These include:

The haunted Ancient Statue which levitates from its podium.

The fake Wistful Painting and Scary Painting can both be haunted too – they blink and change their expression respectively. There’s also the fake Graceful Painting, which has a creepy shadowy figure appear on the back of its frame.

You can see all of them in the embedded video below (volume warning):

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fake Paintings list

Below are all of the paintings that were datamined from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including their real-world counterparts.

It is possible for Redd’s inventory to be all fake, the rotten scoundrel. If this happens, you can either buy one of the counterfeits to display in your own home or leave the trawler in a huff.

The differences between the authentic and fake paintings – as well as the statues – were reported on the r/AnimalCrossing subreddit by u/Acadiaa.

We’ve listed all of the errors which out them as fakes, as well as adding pictures of the real art, so you can make comparisons with what Redd’s stocking.

Click or tap the images for a larger view.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Redd Fake Art List
Art Animal Crossing Name: Art Real Name: Real vs Fake: What the real-life painting looks like:
Academic Painting The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci Fake has stain in the top right corner
Amazing Painting The Night Watch by Rembrandt In the fake, the man in the middle with a red sash is not wearing a hat
Basic Painting The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough In the fake, the Blue Boy has a full fringe (bangs) with no gaps for his forehead
Calm Painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat Has no fake
Common Painting The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet Has no fake
Detailed Painting Rooster and Hen with Hydrangeas by Ito Jakuchu Fake is missing the japanese script on the left-hand side of the painting
Dynamic Painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai In previous games, there was a fake version where the island in the background was too big, but reported to have no fake in New Horizons
Famous Painting The Mona Lisa Fake has saucy arched eyebrows
Flowery Painting Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh Has no fake
Glowing Painting The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Turner Has no fake
Graceful Painting Beauty Looking Back by Hishikawa Moronobu In the fake, the figure is too big -she should only take up about half the brown background
Jolly Painting Summer by Giuseppe Arcimboldo Real has a flower protruding from chest, the fake does not
Moody Painting The Sower by Jean-Francois Millet Has no fake
Moving Painting The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli The fake has no trees in the top right corner
Mysterious Painting The Isle of the Dead or Die Toteninsel by Arnold Bocklin Has no fake
Nice Painting The Fifer by Edouard Manet Has no fake
Perfect Painting Still Life with Apples and Oranges by Paul Cezanne Has no fake
Proper Painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergere by Edouard Manet Has no fake
Quaint Painting The Milkmaid by Johannes Vermeer Fake is pouring a lot more milk
Scary Painting Kabuki Actor Ōtani Oniji III as Yakko Edobei in the Play The Colored Reins of a Loving Wife by Toshusai Sharaku The fake has eyebrows that point up like the figure is confused, whereas they should be pointed down in a frown
Scenic Painting The Hunters in the Snow or The Return of the Hunters by Pieter Bruegel Fake only has one hunter on the left and fewer dogs
Serene Painting Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci The ermine is white in the real painting, it’s different colors in the fake
Sinking Painting Ophelia by John Everett Millais Has no fake
Solemn Painting Las Meninas or The Ladies-in-waiting by Diego Velazquez In the fake, the man in the background has his arm pointed up like he’s waving, in the real one it’s more horizontal
Twinkling Painting Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh Has no fake
Warm Painting The Clothed Maja or La Maja Vestida by Francisco de Gyoa Has no fake
Wild Painting Left Half Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Korin (Raijin) Figure should be white in real painting, but he’s green in the fake
Wild Painting Right Half Wind God and Thunder God by Ogata Korin (Fuujin) Figure should be green in the real painting, but is white in the fake
Wistful Painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer The girl has a big star earring in the fake
Worthy Painting Liberty Leading the People by Eugène Delacroix Has no fake

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Fake Statues list

If you’re more of an outdoorsy type, here are all of the statues that were datamined from Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

We’ve rounded up a list of everything that makes the bogus ones fake, and included a picture of the real thing for your reference. You can click or tap the images for a larger view.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Redd Fake Statues List
Statue Animal Crossing Name: Statue Real Name: Real vs Fake: What the real-life statue looks like:
Ancient Statue A Doguu figure The fake has pointy antennae on the side of its head
Beautiful Statue Venus de Milo The fake has a necklace on
Familiar Statue The Thinker or Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin Has no fake
Gallant Statue David by Michelangelo Fake is holding something under his arm
Great Statue Hawaiian Kamehameha statue Has no fake
Informative Statue The Rosetta Stone The fake one is blue
Motherly Statue The Capitoline Wolf The wolf in the fake statue has a tongue hanging out of her mouth
Mystic Statue Bust of Nefertiti The fake statue is wearing an earring
Robust Statue The Discobolus of Myron The fake is wearing a band around its discus-throwing wrist
Rock-head Statue Olmec Head The fake one is smiling
Tremendous Statue Houmuwu ding The fake has a cover on the box, the real one is left open
Valiant Statue The Winged Victory of Samothrace On the real statue, its bare left leg is visible
Warrior Statue Emperor Qinshihuang’s Terracotta Army The fake is leaning on a long weapon in front of it – the real one doesn’t hold anything

How to get art and unlock Redd’s Treasure Trawler

There’s actually quite an involved process to get Redd’s Treasure Trawler to visit with art and statues for your island.

For a visual guide, this video from YouTuber TagBackTV shows the whole process, but we’ll write it out too:

First, you need to make sure you’ve downloaded the latest update so that all of the content will appear in-game. Next, go to Blathers in the town Museum and he’ll have an announcement: a new fine art wing of the building is being planned.

Blathers will ask you to keep an eye out for art to put on display, and to bring him any you find.

Now wait until the next day and look around your island. You should find a new visitor – the sneaky orange fox, Redd. He’s managed to drop his “crazy” moniker from previous games, but he’s no less wily.

Speak to Redd and he’ll offer you a totally legit piece of artwork for the low-low price of about 500,000 bells. When you baulk at the figure he’ll drop the sum 100-fold, and you’ll only have to pay about 5000 bells. From what I’ve seen, the first piece of art Redd sells you will be real. But different people will get different works. For example I got the Wistful Painting of Girl with a Pearl Earring, while TagBackTV in the video got the Academic Painting of The Vitruvian Man.

Take him up on the cut-price deal, then go and show the art to Blathers. With the pristine painting now in his possession, Blathers will begin construction on the new-and-improved Museum.

That means it’ll be closed for a full day while renovations take place.

Once it’s done-and-dusted, you’ll be able to peruse the fine art room of the Museum. Head back outside for a celebratory ceremony if you want to have one, then look around your island.

The devious Redd should appear again on your island, only this time when you speak to him he’ll say he’s dropped anchor on the northern shore of your island.

Now you can head up to his Treasure Trawler to visit Redd’s art gallery showroom. It should be on the secluded beach that’s in the middle of the northern shore of your island – you’ll need a ladder to get there.

Inside, there will be two furniture pieces, and four pieces of art.

However you need to be selective; you can only buy one piece of art per day, although you can grab as many furniture pieces on top of that as you like.

Redd is an island visitor like Gulliver and Saharah, so he won’t be there every day. Once you’ve purchased a painting or statue he’ll ship it to your mailbox to collect the next day.

For more on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, check out our lists of all of the fish prices, as well as all of the bug prices.

Or if you’re more excited about the new stuff coming to your island, here’s how the upgrade to Nook’s Cranny happens!

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