We all know Matisse was a huge fan of nature, however, did you know he had quite a few furry (and feathered) friends too?

Ahead of Matisse Live – our first ever live cinema behind-the-scenes private view of our exhibition being broadcast nationwide tonight – take a look at our slideshow of snaps that show Matisse enjoying some down time with dogs, birds, horses, and a fabulous roaring lion

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  • Matisse and animals dog and palms
  • Matisse and animals small bird on shoulder
  • Matisse and animals black cat
  • Matisse and animals lion
  • Matisse and animals jumping dog
  • Matisse and animals black horse
  • Matisse and animals white swan
  • Matisse and animals horses and blimp

Can you spot the animal influence in Matisse’s works? Let us know!

To see more exclusive archive content, book your ticket for Matisse Live broadcast live on 3 June in cinemas across the UK

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is on display at Tate Modern until 7 September