Fully stocking the museum in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a long-term project that will have players fishing, bug-hunting, and even evaluating art pieces. It takes a lot of hard work to keep the museum curator happy. Blathers has a discerning-eye, and will only accept the genuine article – no forgeries allowed. Luckily, each false painting has a fairly obvious tell. Players should be on the lookout for these differences, and use their hard earned bells for the real deal only.
Art can be obtained in a few ways in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s possible for certain types of villagers to gift or mail a painting to the player. Unfortunately, they aren’t experts and may give the player a forgery, which has no use beyond décor. They cannot be donated or sold. The only way to get rid of a false painting is to trash it, or (re)gift it.
The other way to acquire paintings is to purchase them from Jolly Redd’s Treasure Trawler. This is where players can put their critical eye to work. The easiest genuine paintings to spot are the ones that do not have false versions. There are 14 Animal Crossing paintings that will always be real. They are:
Seeing any of these paintings in Jolly Redd’s should be an automatic buy for the player. They can be confident that they’re getting the genuine article. Unfortunately, it’s the fake paintings in Animal Crossing that are more difficult. The forgeries are tougher to spot – but have some dead giveaways. The differences (according to Forbes) are listed below, along with the real versions of the artwork.
With these tips in mind, any player can become an expert art dealer in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.