Artists are often pilloried as difficult, mercurial figures and, some 50 years after his death, there’s nothing to suggest that HENRI-ÉMILE-BENOÎT MATISSE – whose famous CUT-OUTS are on view at TATE MODERN in London until 7 September – was any different. But the Frenchman’s approach to his career in later life is certainly an abject lesson in the value of the proverbial phrase ‘When life gives you LEMONS, make LEMONADE’. When ill health robbed MATISSE of the mobility required for the painting that had made him his living, he began to snip shapes out of painted paper. The resultant vast works are seen in all their warmth and optimistic, sometimes deeply religious, glory at an exhibition that can’t be recommended enough for its lavish scale. UK readers situated outside the BIG SMOKE might be interested to hear that TATE MODERN is planning to broadcast live tours of the exhibition to cinemas nationwide from 3 June.