The “Proper Painting” is the last work by Édouard Manet.

The Proper Painting as seen in the museum.

The “Proper Painting” is always genuine.

Once you snag yours, take it to Blathers to be placed in the museum next to Manet’s other work, the Nice Painting, and the description provided on the plaque will read:

A bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet, circa 1882

Oil on canvas

Close inspection of the mirror behind this painting’s subject reveals many mysteries and paradoxes… In fact, the painting is based on multiple perspectives, which explains the unusual placement of some items. Sadly, this is Manet’s last major work. He passed away a year after it was complete, at age 51.

It may be hard to see in the above screenshot, so here is the real-life version of the Proper Painting – so you can get a proper view of it. Eh? Eh?!

A bar at the Folies-Bergère by Édouard Manet, circa 1882
Édouard Manet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

This painting is pretty brilliant if you look at it for a while. It’s probably pretty hard to see in-game, but if you look at the real-life version for a while – what you’ll see is a barmaid who is looking out from behind a bar into the crowd. Look a bit longer and notice the mirror that is behind her, and start noticing all the small, intricate details.

We can see in the mirror, she’s having a conversation with a gentleman that we can’t see. We can see just how crowded this bar really is. And way up in the corner on the left side? We can see a pair of dangling legs with bright green shoes!

This bar in particular, – the Folies -Bergère, was a cabaret. It’s likely the barmaid was more than just a server, and the painting is not just a portrait of a woman in a bar – it is a painting in which you are a participant.

Looking for more information on the art in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Check out the master list of all the art available!

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