Basic Painting

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Basic Painting
The Blue Boy.jpg
Real-world counterpart
The Blue Boy
Year Unknown
Artist Thomas Gainsborough
Main appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese いさましいめいが
Simplified Chinese 勇敢的名画
French Toile classique
Spanish Retrato heroico
Italian Quadro semplice
Russian Обычная картина

Korean 용감한 명화
Traditional Chinese 勇敢的名畫
Quebec French Toile classique
Latin American Spanish Retrato heroico
German Einfachgemälde
Dutch Klassieke schilderij

The Basic Painting is one of the pieces of artwork available in the Animal Crossing series games. In Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf, it is available only from Crazy Redd's shop, but in Animal Crossing: City Folk it is a spotlight item from Tom Nook's Store.

The painting in real life is called The Blue Boy, and was painted in 1770 by Thomas Gainsborough. It is an oil painting, and is currently on display in Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Art details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

Basic Painting
The Blue Boy
Thomas Gainsborough, 1770
Oil on canvas

Fake Basic Painting
Basic Painting

Description Gainsborough was known for his innovative use of colors in his traditional portraits, like this one. Although he preferred painting landscapes, his portraits would be the defining work of his career.
Buy Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 4980 Bells
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1245 Bells [nb 1]
Obtain from Redd NH Character Icon.png Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler
Authenticity Unknown
Furniture Size 1.0 x 2.0
  1. Cannot be sold if it's a forgery.


In New Leaf, if both of his arms are bent at his sides, then it is a forgery.

In New Horizons, if his forehead is entirely covered with bangs, then it is a forgery.

Museum exhibit description[edit]

"This portrait of a boy in blue by Gainsborough has been a longtime favorite of the British public."
— Museum Exhibit, Animal Crossing: New Leaf