The basic painting (いさましいめいが, Isamashiimeiga?, brave masterpiece) is a painting from the Animal Forest e+, Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf and can be collected by Happy Home Handbook in Happy Home Designer. In City Folk, it is a spotlight item from Tom Nook's Store and is also available in Redd's shop. The painting can be donated to the museum and be added to the art gallery. As this painting can be bought from Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler, players should keep in mind that they may be purchasing a forgery.

The painting in real life is called The Blue Boy and was painted in 1770 by Thomas Gainsborough who was from Sudbury, Suffolk, England. It is an oil painting and is currently seen in Huntington Library, San Marino, California. It is considered one of Gainsborough's most well known works, although not much is thoroughly known about it. The subject is believed to be the son of a wealthy merchant. Although the reason for its creation is unknown, it was generally stated by some painters who reported after Gainsborough's death that the artist himself had gotten into a discussion on whether or not a predominant color of blue on an earthy background could result in a fine painting.[1] The Blue Boy demonstrates Gainsborough's ability of balancing cool colors with the contrasting warm ones and was most likely dedicated to another painter, Anthony van Dyck, whom he admired. It has been popularly known due to its outrageous price of about $725,000 (about 9 million dollars in 21st century standards).

Painting information

Item Name Buy Price Sell Price Available From
Basic painting (New Leaf) & (City Folk) 3,920
490 Crazy Redd
Tom Nook
Amazing painting (New Horizons) 4,980 Bells 1,245 Bells Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler

Donation to the museum

After donating it to the museum, a museum label will give a description of the painting. In New Horizons, the museum label reads:

The Blue Boy
Thomas Gainsborough, 1770
Oil on canvas

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.

  • Note: Prior to New Leaf, paintings did not have visual differences between forged and genuine versions. Therefore, paintings given to Blathers were fake or authentic at random.


New Leaf

The forged painting has a man with both hands on his hips, whereas the genuine has one hand on the hip.
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New Horizons

The boy in the forged painting has bangs.
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In Happy Home Designer

After Day 9 in game, go to the saving place and sit down at your desk. Pick the "Study the handbook" option, you can complete "Art Collection" lesson with 1 play coins. It adds 33 pieces of artworks and 22 forgeries to your collection.

Further Information

Main article: The Blue Boy on Wikipedia

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  1. Information generally derived from Thomas Gainsborough by William Thomas Whitely
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