Art: Talk in a Low Voice

The young Jewish twins, whose family had been exiled from imperial Russia, knew hardly any English when they went to their first American school, but Moses and Raphael Soyer were accomplished in another kind of language that quickly endeared them to their teachers. Whenever a holiday approached, they were set to work decorating the halls and classrooms, for no one else in the school could paint a livelier Easter rabbit, a jollier Santa Claus or a spookier Halloween witch than the Soyer boys. Today, at 62, the twins—as well as their younger brother Isaac—are noted artists whose quiet and moody paintings...

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