The “Calm Painting” is a beautiful oil painting of a Sunday afternoon.

The real Calm Painting

The “Calm Painting” is always genuine.

Once you locate your calm painting, take it up to Blathers. He’ll be happy to take this and hang it in your museum next to Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and provide a description plaque that reads as follows:

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – Georges Seurat, circa 1885

Oil on canvas

Seurat, known as the founder of neo-impressionism, invented the use of brightly colored dots. His method, which does not involve mixing pigments, took time. This piece, for instance, took two years. It shows a crowd enjoying a day off at the river Seine in France.

I don’t know about you, but if I spent two years on a “painting” that involved not mixing any colors and using dots instead of brush strokes, I’m not sure I would refer to it as a calm painting.

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - Georges Seurat
Georges Seurat, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

It is definitely hard to tell in the ACNH version, but in the actual version you can easily see the the actual dots that are used to create the image.

Totally unrelated, but does anyone else notice that there is a woman with a monkey on a leash?

Lady with a pet monkey?

Seriously. What… even is this right here?

Ignoring the monkey on a leash. This painting is a magnificent piece, and there isn’t much that is calm about it. It’s 7 by 10 feet and it took 2 years to finish it. The artist went out and sketched multiple figures to perfect their forms. He studied color, light, and shapes.

He studied color theory quite extensively, and began to apply it to his work, developing a type of painting he liked to call Divisionism. This is a style where you can take small dots or small strokes of color and place them close together, and your eye will actually see them as a single shade. Yay optical illusions!

He even went so far as to frame the whole painting in dots, and then in a white frame to make the experience that much more vivid! And this is how you can view it today – where it resides in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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