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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 (Animal Crossing) Basicpaintinggc 1,960 490 Crazy Redd
Basic painting (Wild World) & (New Leaf) BasicpaintingwwBasic painting 3,920 490 Crazy Redd
Basic painting (City Folk) Basicpaintingcf 1,960 490 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.
Basic Painting (forgery)
Int art bravely

New Horizons[]

The boy in the forged painting has bangs.
NH-Basic Painting-(Forgery)
NH-Basic Painting-(Genuine)

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

In other languages[]

Basic painting
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese いさましいめいが Isamashiimeiga, brave masterpiece -
France French toile classique -
Spain Spanish retrato heroico -
Germany German Einfachgemälde -
Italy Italian quadro semplice -
South Korea Korean 용감한 명화 -


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