The wistful painting (すてきなめいが, stekinameiga?, stylish masterpiece) is a painting that was introduced in City Folk and returns in New Leaf and New Horizons, and can be collected by Happy Home Handbook in Happy Home Designer, perhaps after the popularity of a novel and film featuring this painting. In New Horizons, 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 is Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer.

This painting can be bought from Crazy Redd's in later games, players should bear in mind that they may be purchasing a counterfeit.

Painting information

Item Name Buy Price Sell Price Available From
Wistful painting (New Leaf) & (City Folk) 4,980
490 Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler (New Horizons)
Crazy Redd
Tom Nook
Wistful 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:

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer, circa 1665
Oil on canvas

Also known as "Girl with a Turban," this piece uses ultramarin paint, which was expensive at the time. It seems the expense was worth it, as the vivid blue colors draw the eye and help make the piece a classic. The only question is... Is that a real pearl earring? Or something else...

  • 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.


In New Leaf

The woman in the fake painting is wearing an orange headband, while in the real painting, it is blue.
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New Horizons

In the forgery, her earring is a star instead of a round pearl, and sometimes her eyes are closed.
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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: Girl with a Pearl Earring on Wikipedia

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