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AC:NL Redd's Art Guide


In Animal Crossing, a new town has a museum with four sections that are all devoid of exhibits, and only the player can fill them up. One of the sections is for artwork, and this can be filled by donating sculptures and paintings that you acquire from your villagers or from a traveling merchant named Crazy Redd.

Acquiring artwork from villagers is a game of chance. Sometimes villagers will approach you, saying that they have bought a piece of art that they know nothing about. They will then inquire whether you'd like to buy it from them. The asking price will be either really high or quite low, and you won't be allowed to see the art piece prior to the purchase. If you are really lucky, after accepting the offer to buy the artwork, the villager may change their mind about charging you and offer it to you for free!

Alternatively, you can purchase artwork from Crazy Redd. As frequently as once a week, he will set up his tent in the town plaza where he will exhibit four artwork pieces at a time. You may purchase one piece of art per player each time he arrives in your town. That means if you have four players then you can buy him out. If you don't have enough players to buy all the pieces you want, you can ask a friend to visit and buy one for you. Just be sure that they haven't already purchased from Redd elsewhere that day. This is because each player is allowed to purchase only one piece of art from Redd on any given day, regardless of which town the purchase was made. Crazy Redd usually charges 3,920 Bells for an artwork piece, but this can be slight less if you have good Feng Shui in your home.

Irrespective of whether you obtain art pieces from a villager or from Crazy Redd, your museum has high standards and accepts only genuine pieces. Unfortunately, Crazy Redd is known to sell counterfeits, and your villagers just aren't knowledgeable enough to know whether they've sold you a forgery or not.

Since you cannot see the artwork before buying from a villager, it is best to avoid such purchases if your only aim is to fill the artwork section of the museum. If you don't mind taking the chance, then purchasing from a villager can lead to bargains. After acquiring the piece, if you don't fancy traipsing all the way to your museum you can instead take it to Reese at Re-Tail. If Reese offers to buy the piece from you then you can be assured that it's genuine. Some players actively try to acquire all of the forged pieces too because they like to have a complete catalog of every item in the game. This includes having the full set of forged artwork pieces. Since the forged pieces are themselves quite aesthetically pleasing, they also make great decorations for your home and can be gifted to other villagers in letters.

If you don't mind buying forgeries, there is nothing much to do when purchasing from Crazy Redd. The only thing you may want to be aware of is whether you already have the pieces he happens to be selling. However, if you are interested in acquiring only the genuine articles, then pay attention to the tables below. You cannot conclude from Redd's behavior, or from what he says, whether an art piece is genuine or not. However, by carefully inspecting the contents of his tent and comparing it to the tables below, you can see the subtle difference between the counterfeit and genuine versions. Be sure to change the camera viewpoint on your console, and zoom in to inspect the art from all directions before buying. There's always at least one genuine art work in Redd's tent, but there may be more than one. Two genuine pieces is quite common and three has been encountered as well.

By using this guide, you can ensure Crazy Redd won't be able to trick you into purchasing anything you don't wish to buy.


Name Comparison Difference Based on
Amazing painting Comparison The man in white is on the left in the forgery. The Night Watch
by Rembrandt
Basic painting Comparison The man has both hands on his hips in the forgery. The Blue Boy
by Thomas Gainsborough
approx 1770
Calm painting Comparison None (always genuine) A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
by George Seurat
Common painting Comparison None (always genuine) The Gleaners
by Jean-Francois Millet
Dynamic painting Comparison The mountain is almost as big as the wave in the forgery. 36 Views of Mt. Fuji
by Hokusai
Famous painting Comparison The left hand is on top in the forgery. Mona Lisa
by Leonardo da Vinci
Fine painting Comparison None (always genuine) Joyousness
by Paul Gauguin
Flowery painting Comparison None (always genuine) Vase With Fifteen Sunflowers
by Vincent van Gogh
Good painting Comparison The leaf has a bite taken out of it in the forgery. Basket of Fruit
by Caravaggio
approx 1599
Graceful painting Comparison The woman is looking to the left in the forgery. Beauty Looking Back
by Hishikawa Moronobu
17th century
Jolly painting Comparison The nose is a carrot in the forgery. Summer
by Guiseppe Arcimboldo
Moody painting Comparison None (always genuine) The Sower
by Jean-Francois Millet
Moving painting Comparison The shell appears to be closed, with the straight edge on the top and the curved edge on the bottom, in the forgery. The Birth of Venus
by Botticelli
approx 1486
Nice painting Comparison None (always genuine) The Fifer
by Manet
Perfect painting Comparison None (always genuine) Apples and Oranges
by Paul Cezanne
approx 1899
Proper painting Comparison None (always genuine) A Bar at the Foiles-Bergère
by Manet
Quaint painting Comparison The woman is not wearing a white bonnet in the forgery. The Milkmaid
by Johannes Vermeer
Scary painting Comparison Only the index fingers are pointing out in the forgery. Otani Onigi III
by Toshushai Sharaku
Scenic painting Comparison None (always genuine) The Hunters in the Snow
by Pieter Bruegel
Serene painting Comparison The woman is holding a cat in the forgery. Lady with an Ermine
by Leonardo da Vinci
Solemn painting Comparison The girl in the middle is much taller in the forgery. Las Meninas
by Diego Velasquez
Warm painting Comparison None (always genuine) La Maja Vestida
by Francisco de Goya
approx 1805
Wild painting Comparison The white god is on the right and black god is on the left in the forgery. Wind God and Thunder God
by Tawaraya Sotatsu
17th century
Wistful painting Comparison The headscarf is orange in the forgery. Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Johannes Vermeer
approx 1665
Worthy painting Comparison None (always genuine) Liberty Leading the People
by Eugene Delacroix


Name Comparison Difference Based on
Ancient statue The eyes are "open" in the forgery. Dogu
by unknown artist
approx 400 BCE
Beautiful statue The woman has long hair in the forgery. Venus de Milo
by Alexandros of Antioch
approx 100 BCE
Gallant statue There is a cloth over the right shoulder in the forgery. David
by Michaelangelo
Great statue The palm is facing down in the forgery. Kamehameha I
by Thomas Ridgeway Gould
Motherly statue There is only one child in the forgery. Capitoline Wolf
by unknown artist
approx 480 BCE
Mystic statue The hat has a rounded top in the forgery. Nefertiti Bust
by Thutmose
1345 BCE
Robust statue The man is holding a UFO in the forgery. Discobolus
by Myron
approx 450 BCE
Valiant statue The wings are bat-like in the forgery. Winged Victory of Samothrace
by unknown artist
approx 190 BCE