A Man and His Beard: A Story of True Love

During the time of Peter the Great, there was much reform by means of clothing. Peter was obsessed with European culture and therefor required all his subjects to dress in European clothes. One thing that was required was that the Russian men must shave their cherished beards. The beard was not just hair, it was considered sacred. Featured in my image, is a boy holding his shaven beard close because he doesn’t want to lose it. Many men would save their beards to be buried with them when they died.¬†However, many younger men embraced the losing of the beard. This time period represents the beginning of Russia’s interest in European culture, and more specifically French culture.