Dreadful Painting

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Dreadful Painting
Dreadful Painting DnM Sprite.png
Real-world counterpart
The Scream
Year 1893
Artist Edvard Munch
Main appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese おそるべきめいが
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The Dreadful Painting (unofficial translation)[nb 1] is a painting in Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+. In Doubutsu no Mori+, it is only available though the Data Moving Service, and it does not appear in the catalog. It is based on Edvard Munch's The Scream.

Art details[edit]

In Doubutsu no Mori[edit]

Dreadful Painting

Buy Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,960 Bells
Sell Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 490 Bells
Obtain from Unknown
Furniture Size 1.0 x 1.0

Real-world information[edit]

The Scream

The Dreadful Painting is based on The Scream by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Munch recalled that he had been out for a walk at sunset when suddenly the setting sunlight turned the clouds "a blood red". He sensed an "infinite scream passing through nature". Scholars have located the spot to a fjord overlooking Oslo, and have suggested other explanations for the unnaturally orange sky, ranging from the effects of a volcanic eruption to a psychological reaction by Munch to his sister's commitment at a nearby lunatic asylum.

Notably, as a result of Munch's late death relative to other artists represented in the Animal Crossing series, The Scream was still under copyright at the time of Doubutsu no Mori's release in 2001; it would not enter the public domain until 2015, alongside the rest of the artist's lifetime portfolio (coincidentally, 2015 also marked the entry of Piet Mondrian's portfolio into the public domain; Mondrian's Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue had been the basis for the similarly removed Novel Painting).[1][2] While no official statement from Nintendo was given, these rights issues appear to be the reason behind the Dreadful Painting's absence from Animal Crossing onwards.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese おそるべきめいが
dreadful painting


  1. As no officially localized English name exists for this subject, it was given an unofficial translation that accurately represents the original text (おそるべきめいが).


  1. Melvin Backman (January 4, 2015). "You're about to see a lot more (legal) versions of "The Scream"". Quartz. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  2. Allison Meier (January 1, 2015). "Free at Last! Munch, Mondrian, and Kandisnsky Enter the Public Domain". Hyperallergic. Retrieved October 17, 2020.