Since René settled in Delft in 2006, he has made more than 100 works in which Johannes Vermeer was the starting point. The most recent two of this series will soon be on permanent display at the Vermeercentrum Delft. It concerns the artwork “We are the pearl earring”, made of 6,000 small dolls that together form the girl with the pearl. The artist wanted to symbolize that the Girl with a Pearl Earring is a collective property and therefore owned by everyone. The work was widely reported in the national and even international press, and appeared in the AD, the Telegraaf, the NOS news, NOS Kids News and the German Tageschau, among others.