Celebrate November With The 15 Best Mustaches In History

Celebrate November With The 15 Best Mustaches In History

In case you haven't noticed the abundance of upper-lip hair this month, we're here to tell you that we're in the thick of No Shave November, or the equally popular phenomenon, Movember. During this month, you can expect to see the pencil, the handlebar, the chevron, and even the Fu Manchu back in full force as men (and sometimes women) of all facial hair growing capabilities embark on 30 days of grooming in the name of men's health awareness.

Movember originally came into being in 2003 when 30 "Mo Bros" in Melbourne decided to bring awareness to prostate and testicular cancer the best way they knew how -- by growing 'staches. It has since become a global phenomenon, celebrated everywhere from Australia to Africa. In honor of the hirsute month, we've put together a slideshow of the 20 greatest mustaches in art history. May these images remind you that, like most trends in pop culture, artists did it first.

1. The Mustache Master, Salvador Dali

Salvador Dali with ocelot and cane taken in 1953. (Wiki)

2. Paul Gauguin's Double Moustache

Self-portrait (in the role of 'Les Misérables' protagonist Jean Valjean) with Émile Bernard portrait in the background, 1888. (Wiki)

3. Gustave Courbet's Handlebar French Fork

Gustave Courbet, The Desperate Man, 1844-45 (Wiki)

4. Marcel Duchamp's Mona Lisa

Marcel Duchamp, "L.H.O.O.Q.", 1919

5. Albrecht Durer's Handlebar and Goatee

Albrecht Durer, "Self-portrait in a Fur-Collared Robe", 1500 (Wiki)

6. Edouard Manet's Spanish Singer Pencil 'Stache

Edouard Manet, "Spanish Singer", 1860 (Wiki)

7. Vincent van Gogh's Walrus 'Stached Man

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Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of a Man with a Moustache, Paris, Winter 1886/87

8. The Almighty Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo, "Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird" (1940) (Wiki)

9. Caravaggio's 'Stache and Chin Puff Combo

A portrait of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio by Ottavio Leoni, c. 1621

10. Peter Paul Rubens' Delicate Handlebar

Peter Paul Rubens, Self-portrait, 1623 (Wiki)

11. Modigliani's Pencil

Amadeo Modigliani, Paul Guillaume, Novo Pilota, 1915 (Wiki)

12. Edvard Munch's Pencil

Edvard Munch, Self Portrait with Skeleton Arm, 1895 (Wiki)

13. Anthony van Dyck's Handlebar and Chin Puff

Anthony van Dyck, Self-portrait, c. 1633 (Wiki)

14. The Original Dracula's Caterpillar 'Stache

Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, c. 1500s (Wiki)

15. Frans Hals's Enthusiastic Mustache

Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, c. 1500s (Wiki)

Bonus: All. These. Mustaches.

Cornelis van Haarlem, Banquet of the officers and sub-alterns of the Haarlem Calivermen Civic Guard, 1599

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