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Cookie Monster at New York City's Museum of Modern Art with the real Starry Night in 2015.

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. Some of his paintings are now among the world's best known, most popular and expensive works of art. Van Gogh's history of mental illness contributed to the legend of cutting off his ear, which is attributed to everything from a fight, to an act of love. Most historians believe that he lost his lobe in a seizure.


  • One of Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" paintings appears on Kermit's wall in the Elmo's World episode "Frogs".
  • In episode 109 of The Muppet Show, Gonzo asks of Kermit's attention, to which he replies he can "lend [him his] ear for a moment." Gonzo takes it literally and asks what he would do with his ear and Kermit remarks "Van Gogh impressions."
  • As a reference within a reference, Joe Mathieu spoofed Norman Rockwell's "Triple Self Portrait" with Grover taking the place of the famed painter. And taking the place of the Van Gogh self portrait Rockwell included on the easel, is an Anything Muppet Vincent van Gogh self portrait.
  • The Van Gogh painting First Steps, after Millet was featured in an animated segment on Sesame Street. (EKA: Episode 3492)
  • Cookie Monster admires Van Go-Get-Cookie's Cookie Night at the Museum of Monster Art in the 2015 storybook All Aboard!
  • In a 2012 Loaded interview, Gonzo claims that when van Gogh cut his own ear off, it was an act of artist genius that nobody "got". He says he'd do the same if he had ears of his own.



  1. Sesame Workshop Partners with van Gogh Museum to Celebrate Sesamstraat | The Sesame Workshop Blog
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