The common painting (よくみるめいが, yokumirumeiga?, frequently seen masterpiece) is a painting available in all games in the Animal Crossing series until New Leaf and can be collected by Happy Home Handbook in Happy Home Designer. Unlike in earlier games, in which it is only available in Crazy Redd's, it is a spotlight item in City Folk. In New Horizons, the painting can be donated to the museum and be added to the art gallery. This painting can be bought from Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler. It has no forgery and is always genuine.

The Gleaners was painted in 1857 by Jean-François Millet.  It depicts three peasant women gathering the grains of wheat which fell off the stalk when harvested.The house of a wealthy landlord can be seen in the background. Once housed in the Louvre, The Gleaners is currently on display in the Musée d'Orsay.

The Gleaners was a transitional piece between the late Romantic period and the Realist period. It can be classified as Romantic since to many it seems to glorify the hard work of the lower class, as the figures of the women are strong and noble. When it was first exhibited, the painting was criticized by the upper class, who believed it glorified the common worker and lower classes. However, it is unknown whether the artist intended to invoke this reaction, and many interpret the painting to be a simple objective recording of a scene. Some of the typically Realist characteristics this painting features are the careful observation shown and its ambiguous meaning. Also, typically Realist, Millet claims to paint scenes which he actually witnessed.

Painting information

Item Name Buy Price Sell Price Available From
Common Painting (New Leaf) & (City Folk) 3,920 490 Crazy Redd
Tom Nook
Common 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 Gleaners
Jean-François Millet, 1857
Oil on canvas

The signature piece from Millet, who was known for depicting the lives of commoners in the 19th century. Notice the abundant crops visible in the background relative to the meager wheat remaining for the workers. This art served as social commentary in a time of great inequality.

  • 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 Horizons

This artwork will always be genuine.
Authentic the gleaners.jpg

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 Gleaners on Wikipedia

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