'He's just playing out his own Van Gogh story' - Twitter reaction to Van Breda's tie

2017-11-01 18:25
Henri van Breda before his cross-examination. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Henri van Breda before his cross-examination. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Triple murder accused Henri van Breda was back in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday for the continuation of his testimony in his ongoing trial and he donned his Van Gogh-inspired The Starry Night tie again for the occasion. 

Van Gogh painted Starry Night in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. 

The Van Gogh Gallery states that his mental health seemed to recover in this time, but then he relapsed. He began to hallucinate and have suicidal thoughts as he plunged into depression.

"Accordingly, there was a tonal shift in his work. He returned to incorporating the darker colors from the beginning of his career and Starry Night is a wonderful example of that shift," the gallery reports on its website.  

Twenty-three-year-old Van Breda is accused of murdering his parents and older brother, as well as the attempted murder of his younger sister in their home in Stellenbosch in 2015.

While keen trial-followers hung onto every word of his testimony, many viewers appeared to be distracted by his tie and tried to find a deeper meaning.

Some took to Twitter and drew their own conclusions.

Read more on:    henri van breda  |  cape town  |  social media  |  crime  |  van breda trial

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.