I really like it when artists “cover” each others paintings. Here is what Lichtenstein had to say about his work:
"I’ve cleaned his room up a little bit for him; and he’ll be very happy… I’ve straightened his shirts and bought some new furniture… This is the only interior I have done from another painting. I think the contrast between my intention and Van Gogh’s is so enormous that there is humor in that difference. My principal interest is the extreme difference in style. Where the Van Gogh is so emotional, and feverish, and spontaneous, my work is planned and premeditated, and painfully worked out. To translate an artist’s work into a cartoon style says something. It seems to degrade the work by associating it with cheap reproduction style. But from my point of view I am translating the Van Gogh into my style, which imitates cheap reproduction. I think the process is not so far from Picasso’s translations of Velásquez, which at the time they were done must have been seen as debasing the master."
Vincent Van Gogh, Bedroom in Arles, 1888
Roy Lichtenstein, Bedroom at Arles, 1992