I recently stumbled across an old picture while mindlessly browsing the internet. I was struck with the exact way I pictured Johannes Brahms when I was writing my short story “Brahms’s Lullaby“:
My story was set a few years earlier than 1897 — and based on true events, with a lot of fictional embellishment — but the Brahms I imagined (and the Brahms in reality) definitely possessed the epic beard seen in the picture.
If you want to read the story, it’s available in Arts & Letters.
(H/T to Reddit)