Randall: Here’s the painting

Okay. Firstly, where the painting isn’t. People have suggested:

  • Stashed inside the Leaping Horse
  • Behind the Japanese Zen scroll of the circle in the Long Island house.

In fact, the painting is in Moma, behind, or underneath, the Sunshines triptych, which is painted over it. The clues are:

  • that that particular Sunshines is bigger than all the others, and is printed by hand, whereas all the Sunshines have been machine made for decades
  • thematically and formally, it mirrors the Matisse painting hung opposite. “The one with everyone fucking everyone else, in a big circle,” as Vincent describes it, right before he says he knows where it is.
  • that’s where Randall would put it, isn’t it?




  1. John Langley

    I just finished Randall this evening and liked it very much. I was however infuriated by the ending – infuriated with myself, because I was reading on a Kindle, and this is just the sort of thing that Kindles are very bad for. I had the Matisse scene in my mind and would have flipped the pages until I found it. But you can’t fan a Kindle. Thank goodness you published the answer.

  2. Eleanor White

    This was a discussion in our book club (we all loved the book by the way and are local) No one knew the answer and nor is it clear that it is a riddle. Ha Ha. Certainly you enjoy keeping us on our toes. I will have to flick through it again now!

    • Jonathan Gibbs

      Eleanor, hi there and thanks so much for the comment. Yes, making that ending work was tricky, and i’m not 100% sure i did it right, but certainly it’s supposed to be something that people can enjoy thinking about if they want to, but that won’t spoil the reading experience if they can’t work it out. but i’m very glad you all enjoyed the book. i’d love to have heard the conversation! All the best, Jonathan

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